Charges Dropped In Chicago High-Rise Jail Escape

Jose Banks already faces up to 80 years in prison when he is sentenced in March

Thursday, Jan 3, 2013  |  Updated 12:46 PM CDT
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Joseph "Jose" Banks

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Jail Escapee Recaptured

Jose Banks, one of two bank robbers who escaped from a high-rise Chicago prison earlier this week, was arrested Thursday night after almost three days on the run. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.

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Men likely escaped from Metropolitan Correctional Center (71 W. Van Buren St.) between 5 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
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Escape charges have been dropped against a convicted bank robber who climbed out of a high-rise jail in downtown Chicago.

Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges against 37-year-old Joseph "Jose" Banks. The defense offered no objection.

Prosecutors say Banks already faces up to 80 years in prison when he is sentenced in March on a bank robbery conviction. Prosecutors say they plan to use the escape to argue for a stiffer sentence.

Banks escaped from the lockup Dec. 18 along with fellow inmate Kenneth Conley, who remains at large. FBI officials say Banks and Conley broke a large hole into the bottom of a window at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. They used a rope made from bed sheets to climb about 20 stories to the ground.

The FBI issued a photo of Conley's tattoo this week in hopes of aiding in his recapture.

There's a $50,000 reward issued for his arrest.

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