Escaped convict caught after 34 years

Willie Lee AustinA man who escaped from the Central State Correctional Institute in Georgia on Dec. 27, 1981 was captured by U.S. Marshals Wednesday in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, after eluding authorities for more than three decades.

Willie Lee Austin, now 60, was serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery when he escaped from prison, but a recent probe into the investigation by the Marshals Service found a possible alias for Austin with an address in Lauderdale Lakes matching the fake name.

Authorities acted on the newly discovered information and Austin was taken into custody without incident.

[ U.S. Marshals ]