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Fugitive convicted of murder dies in Colorado prison

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 22:00:24-05

An inmate convicted of killing two people in New Mexico while on the run after escaping from an Arizona prison has died at a maximum-security federal prison outside Florence, Colorado.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that 52-year-old John McCluskey died Tuesday. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website confirmed the death.
 
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 convicted McCluskey of murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.