US Supreme Court rejects escape appeal

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal inmate with Mafia ties who escaped custody while in Kentucky has lost an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices on Monday turned away the case of 40-year-old Derek Albert Capozzi. Capozzi was sentenced to 51 months for escaping while being transferred to a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Capozzi later pleaded guilty.

He is also serving 23 years for his role in the 1996 killing and dismemberment of a potential government witness in Massachusetts and time in another case.

Capozzi had been in Kentucky to testify at a trial before bolting from a U.S. marshal's van in Lexington.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Capozzi's conviction and sentence in July.

Capozzi is in a federal prison in Florence, Colo. His projected release date is Jan. 13, 2050.

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