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Captured Bank Robber Charged in Jail Escape

By DNAinfo Staff on January 17, 2013 4:24pm

CHICAGO — The alleged bank robber who scaled the walls of the Metropolitan Correctional Center was indicted Thursday for his escape by a federal grand jury.

If convicted, Kenneth Conley, 38, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Conley was arrested Jan. 4 in Palos Hills. He was found across from a police station in the 10200 block of South 86th Terrace, police said.

He was already facing a 20-year sentence for a 2011 bank robbery in which he allegedly stole $3,969 from an MF Financial Bank in Homewood.

Conley and his accomplice Joseph “Jose” banks made a daring escape by fashioning a rope out of bedsheets to scale the wall of the jail. The FBI offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the ensuring, massive manhunt.

Police caputured Banks in Lincoln Park several days after the jailbreak.

The date of Conley's arraignemnet has yet to be set, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.