Jackson Fugitive Caught in Minnesota

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Jackson fugitive sentenced last year to 80 years in prison has been apprehended by federal agents.

Richard Griffin, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force supervisor, told The Clarion-Ledger that 20-year-old Leo Wales was taken into custody in Minnesota last week. Details about the apprehension were not available.

In November, Wales failed to show up for his trial in Hinds County Circuit Court to face robbery and aggravated assault charges in the attack on Iraq war veteran Michael Robinson on March 7, 2009, in Jackson.

Circuit Judge Swan Yerger ruled Wales was in default and the trial proceeded. A jury returned a guilty verdict and an arrest warrant was issued. Wales was convicted of shooting Robinson during a robbery.

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