Colorado’s longest-running escapee captured after 35 years in Florida |

Colorado’s longest-running escapee captured after 35 years in Florida

DENVER – It took almost 35 years, but authorities said Wednesday they had finally caught up with a convicted robber who fled from the Colorado State Hospital in 1971, ending the state’s oldest unsolved escape case.Gary L. McFall, 62, was arrested Tuesday at Port Richey, Fla., after investigators got a tip from the Marine Corps and searched in the National Crime Information Computer, motor vehicle records and commercial databases, the Colorado Department of Corrections said.McFall was sentenced in February 1970 to serve 6 to 14 years in prison on a robbery conviction in Denver. He escaped in November 1971, after he was transferred to the Colorado State Hospital in Pueblo for observation, Corrections spokeswoman Katherine Sanguinetti said. She did not know what prompted the transfer.What happened between then and his capture wasn’t immediately known. Sanguinetti said McFall apparently had spent most of his adult years in Florida, but his life on the run began to unravel in March when he tried to enter the Marine Air Station in Yuma, Ariz.

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