Inmate who walked away from Englewood prison camp captured in Montana

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LIVINGSTON, Mont. — An inmate who walked away from an Englewood prison camp last week was captured early Monday morning in Montana after a high-speed chase, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Gary Conti, 69, was found in his home state of Montana, three days after walking away from the minimum security facility and being declared an escapee.

Police in Bozeman, Mont., said Conti stole a Jeep on Sunday afternoon. Just after midnight Monday, Bozeman police found the stolen Jeep and tried to stop it, the Marshals Service said in a news release.

Conti continued to travel at a high rate of speed. Deputies from the Park County Sheriff’s Office put out spike strips, but at the last minute, Conti collided head on with an unoccupied patrol vehicle.

Conti was injured and taken to a Livingston, Mont., hospital to be treated and was placed under arrest.

“Due to the exceptional and expeditious work of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bozeman police and the Park County Sheriff’s Office, this desperate and dangerous fugitive will face justice and is no longer a danger to other law enforcement officers and the public,” U.S. Marshal Kenneth Deal said in a news release.

Conti had been sentenced for fraud, money laundering and theft of U.S. government property, and was serving a 60-month sentence in federal prison. He was scheduled to be released on Sept. 6, 2019.

The Englewood prison camp typically houses about 180 minimum security male inmates or those who are nearing their release date.

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