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(LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla.) — The U.S. Marshals Service captured a prison escapee who had been on the run for 34 years.

Willie Lee Austin was arrested in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, on Wednesday after he escaped from the Central State Correctional Institute in Macon, Georgia, Dec. 27, 1981, U.S. Marshals Supervisory Inspector Tony Schilling said. Austin had been serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery.

Investigators had learned Austin, 60, was living in South Florida using an alias, Schilling said. He was arrested without incident.

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