No Bond for Second Jail Escapee

A federal judge has ordered him to remain in federal custody

By Alexandra Clark
|  Saturday, Jan 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:12 PM CDT
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No Bond for Second Jail Escapee

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The second escaped bank robber who was re-captured Friday will remain in custody without bond after appearing in federal court.

Kenneth Conely waived his right to a bond hearing Saturday morning and was ordered to remain in federal custody by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan, stated Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Samborn in a press release.

Conely escaped from Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center with Joseph Banks on Dec. 18, marking the first jail break since 1985. Banks was caught two days later.

On Friday, Conely was re-captured after a brief chase and a struggle at an apartment complex in Palos Hills.

His arrest came just hours after FBI officials said there'd been no confirmed sightings of him since his escape with Banks.

Both Conely and Banks were convicted bank robbers. They were serving time in the Loop facility when authorities said they broke a large hole into the bottom of a window and fashioned a rope from bed sheets to climb about 20 stories to the ground.

The escape charges against Banks were dropped Thursday.

A preliminary hearing for Conely has been scheduled for 1 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2013, before Magistrate Finnegan.

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