Tennessee man caught after 46 years on the lam will be paroled

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The state will parole a 73-year-old man who had been captured after 46 years on the run.

State parole board spokeswoman Melissa McDonald said Leroy Albert Morgan was not yet released, but soon would be.

Morgan was arrested in February. He escaped from the Tennessee State Penitentiary in 1962 after serving one year of a three-year burglary sentence from Hamilton County.

Morgan must prove he has adequate housing and can provide for himself. His family said previously he was living in a mobile home next to his son's home in Mosheim. His granddaughter said Morgan was drawing Social Security benefits.

Correction Department officials support the prosecutor's decision not to prosecute Morgan on escape charges.

Morgan will be on parole for a year.


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