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Inmate from Mafia-linked gang escapes in Ky.

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in central Kentucky were
searching Thursday for a federal inmate from Massachusetts who
escaped by kicking out the door of a van during a prisoner
transport.

Versailles police spokesman Pat Melton said a manhunt was still
under way for 32-year-old Derek A. Capozzi.

In 2005, Capozzi was identified by federal prosecutors as a
member of a Mafia-affiliated drug gang that killed a 19-year-old
woman suspected of cooperating with investigators.

Capozzi was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for helping
to dismember and hide the body. Melton said he also was serving
time for trying to kill a correctional officer.

Melton said recent sightings put Capozzi still in the area where
he made his escape.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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