Lawyer: a 20-year fugitive will plead guilty to jail escape

ERIE, Pa. – A lawyer for a prisoner who disappeared 20 years ago from a federal prison in Pennsylvania, says that his client intends to plead guilty to an escape charge.

Public defender Thomas Livingston tells The Erie Times-News on Ghassan Saleh’s plans after the 66-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday. But he could not say when the drug would be introduced.

Saleh was arrested last month after flying into New York City of Lebanon, his native country. Federal officials have said Saleh knew he wanted to be when he decided to return to the United States.

Saleh was working on a grounds crew when he escaped from the federal prison near Bradford in 1997. He had been serving a prison sentence of almost six years after being convicted of cocaine trafficking in Michigan.


Information from: Erie Times-News

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