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Escaped Murderer Captured In Plaza Fountain

August 22, 1988 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A convicted killer who escaped from a military prison was captured today while he was collecting coins from a park fountain, authorities said.

David M. Newman, 25, of Toledo, Ohio, escaped from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., on Wednesday by going over the wall on a ladder he made in the prison workshop.

He has been serving a life sentence since his May 1984 conviction on murder and other charges in the death of another soldier at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Sam Burroughs, an off-duty city police detective, was driving through Country Club Plaza early today when he saw a man collecting coins from a fountain, said Lt. Col. John Garlinger, public affairs officer at nearby Fort Leavenworth.

Burroughs stopped to question the man, who said he recently was released from Fort Leavenworth. But a background check revealed Newman’s identity and Burroughs arrested him, Garlinger said. Newman was returned to Fort Leavenworth.