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Fugitive gets 14 years in prison after 14 years on the lam

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The Colorado Springs man is sentenced 14 years after his guilty plea
  • Ronald K. Thrasher is charged with drug-related counts
  • Thrasher spent more than 10 years in Canada as a fugitive

(CNN) -- A Colorado Springs, Colorado, man who spent 14 years on the run will spend the next 14 years in federal prison, plus another three years on supervised release for drug crimes and failure to appear, the federal Department of Justice said Friday.

Ronald K. Thrasher, 49, fled the country sometime in 1995, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a Justice Department news release.

He spent at least 10 years in Canada, living in several locations under stolen identities before returning to the United States and settling in Corpus Christi, Texas, it said.

Thrasher was recaptured on April 15, 2009, and was indicted for knowingly failing to appear before the court as required, in violation of release on bond for a felony offense, it said.

He pleaded guilty to that charge on August 11, 2010, and was sentenced Friday, the department said.