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Fugitive convicted of murder dies in Colorado prison

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico murderer who once fled federal custody has died at a maximum-security federal prison outside Florence, Colorado.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2mbe2yC ) that according to Bureau of Prison's records, 52-year-old John McCluskey died Tuesday. Prison officials did not return calls for comment about how McCluskey died.

In July 2010 McCluskey escaped from a state prison in Kingman, Arizona, along with two other inmates. Days later he carjacked Gary and Linda Haas, of Oklahoma, from a rest stop along Interstate 40 just inside the New Mexico line. McCluskey shot and killed the couple near Tucumcari (too-kum-KA'-ree), New Mexico.

McCluskey was arrested in Arizona on Aug. 19, 2010, after a highly publicized nationwide manhunt.

In 2013, a federal jury in Albuquerque found McCluskey guilty of murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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