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Man Nabbed A Quarter-Century After Escaping Washington State Prison

By Nate Crossett

WALTON, N.Y. (AP) - It took more than 26 years, but authorities have taken a Washington state prison escapee into custody in a rural community near Binghamton. Investigators say 48-year-old Morris Johnson was arrested in the Delaware County town of Walton, 40 miles east of Binghamton.

Police say Johnson escaped from a Washington state correctional facility in January 1980.

Johnson -- who also used the name Larry Eldridge -- was nabbed after a month-long investigation by New York State Police and Walton police.

The alleged escapee was at a Walton home when police took him into custody without incident.

Johnson was arrested on a Washington state warrant for first-degree escape. He's being held in the Delaware County Jail as a fugitive from justice awaiting extradition proceedings.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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