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UPDATE: Captured escapee on the lam for 30 years out on bond

by Dara Kam | December 21st, 2009

A fugitive who escaped from a Florida work release program more than 30 years ago and was captured this weekend in Missouri is out on bond.

Oscar Eugene Richardson is shown before his 1979 escape, left, and after his Saturday capture.

Oscar Eugene Richardson is shown before his 1979 escape, left, and after his Saturday capture.

Oscar Richardson, who officials say had been living under the assumed name ‘Eugene Ward’ in Missouri for years, was one of a dozen fugitives featured in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s “12 Days of Fugitives” holiday-themed campaign to close cold cases.

Richardson was arrested this weekend after a tip received through fugitive hotline, according to FDLE officials. He was convicted of armed robbery for holding up two stores in Tampa in 1977.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey wasn’t pleased with Taney County Circuit Court Judge Tony Williams’ decision to let Richardson back on the loose.

“I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the irresponsible decision of Judge Tony Williams to allow Oscar Richardson to post bond. Richardson is a violent felony offender who was serving time in Florida for an armed robbery conviction when he fled after serving only a fraction of his sentence. Allowing this fugitive to walk out of a courtroom after hiding from authorities for 30 years diminishes the seriousness of his crimes and shows a lack of sensitivity for those he victimized and a disregard for the safety of the citizens of Taney County. We are working closely with Missouri authorities to aggressively pursue Richardson’s extradition to Florida. His debt to our state remains unpaid,” Bailey said in a statement.

Read the original post about the capture.

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14 Responses to “UPDATE: Captured escapee on the lam for 30 years out on bond”

  1. Suddenly Important Says:

    Whats the point? Why is all the old fugitives all of a sudden so important? I mean like county judges are turning multi-convicted felons out the door in a matter of minutes so I guess this Judge treated this dude like he was a current offender. Recently an article indicated that nationwide jails would soon be purdging the less violent offenders because of overcrowding. In other words the failed corrections systems will soon be replenishing the streets with millions of horney drug offenders who are now rehabilitated and searching for a job to start a new life and this time do the right thing. Did I say Bull Shit? Until the people require that a judge is responsible for the criminals they turn on the streets to prey on the populace nothing will change. They will continue to oversee a revolving door.

  2. john Says:

    Good Job! WHAT A JOKE!! Money, time, energy, resources wasted yet again!
    The architects of such idiotic and wasteful campaigns should be going to jail. Obviously the “long missing” convicts are smarter than the jack asses we employ in the correctional system. I say stop wasting our time and moneys on Hunting down these few escapees but rather offer them the jobs of those that have failed to properly incarcerate and track them down on the first place.

  3. Pjay Says:

    That idiot judge should be removed from the bench with great haste. The idea of allowing bond for a guy who flouted the law for 30 years after being an armed robber (violent criminal) is reprehensible.

  4. Judge Donna Miller Says:

    Lake County would ROR Ted Bundy. If they come before any of these idiots they can walk. Judge Singletary even refused to violate the probation of one James Lanier for twice failing drug screens. Then Lanier pulls off one attempted car jacking and one successful one which ultimately resulted in Lanier hitting a Leesburg police office head on and resulting in major injuries to him. When will these greater than thou’s be held responsible for their actions or lack thereof?

  5. PB Says:

    Why was the FDLE commissioner playing politics. The captured escapee was on work release at the time of his escape. Even the Florida Department of Corrections must of considered him a minimum custody inmate and non-violent to classify him and then transfer him to the work release center.

    The real joke here is that an escapee from a work release center was one of the 12 fugitives that Florida wanted back. There has to be several more serious offenders who have escaped!

  6. Lady Justice Says:

    First of all; has this man committed any crimes during the 30 years, he was out of jail? It seems highly unlikely, but at this point who cares.

    What the judicial system should do is release all the prisioners and send them to Afghanistan, Iraq and every country that has a war. Let them serve this country and earn their free room and board.

  7. JoseO Says:

    The man has paid his debt to society by living a crime free life for more than 30 years. He deserves a full pardon.

  8. ray Says:

    Bet the crooked cops in Riviera Beach and the Sheriffs dept never see a jail cell so why bother with this guy?

    Guess the POPO have to fell good about something.

  9. perspective Says:

    The guy served two of a ten year sentence. Back then he would have likely been eligible for parole in another two years. He’s lived problem free for thirty years. If this guy is one of the worst fugitives Florida is looking for, I’d say they’re doing a good job. I’m not sure what purpose it’ll serve to try and rehabilitate someone who hasn’t been in trouble for 30 years though.

  10. Mr. Bojangles Says:

    GO AFTER THE GANGS NOT OLD CRIMINALS

  11. HERE COMES THE JUDGE...LOL Says:

    LOL…A TYPICAL RESPONSE FROM A TYPICALY DISGRUNTLED “LAW ENFORCEMENT TYPE”…..LOL WHY SO DISGRUNTLED?

    THE DECISION OF THE JUDGE IS THE DECISION OF THE JUDGE…LOL….

    CAN’T BE TOO MUCH OF A ‘VIOLENT FELONY OFENDER” WHEN MR RICHARDSON WAS ALREADY ON WORK RELEASE…LOL….WHO ARE YOU KIDDING, MORON?? LOL OBVIOUSLY, THE GOOD JUDGE SAW IT THAT WAY.

    WHY DON’T YOU MORONS CONCENTRATE ON ARRESTING SOME OF YOUR OWN TYPES…THERE HAS BEEN QUITE OF FEW OF YOU LATELY “MAKING THE NEWS”…LOL…

    AND STOP WASTING TAXPAYER’S MONEY WITH THESE RIDICULOUS “OPERATIONS”…LOL…..

  12. Audio Says:

    Hey! #8. You can’t spell either.

  13. girlfrommo Says:

    I would just like to say that I have know Mr. Richardson for 21 years and so has my family. I do not know one person who would speak a bad word about him. He has been nothing but a loving father and person. What he did was wrong, but for the last 21 years that my family has known him he has proven that people change. I would also like to say that I agree with Tony on letting him out on bond. He is no threat to our community Mr. Bailey !!!

  14. KGregg Says:

    I am married to Mr. Richardsons nephew and when I first met my husbands family while he was in Iraq Eugene was the one who made my first time meeting the family so easy! This is a great guy, awesome father, uncle, and best friend to my husbands dad and I am so glad to have met him. He is not a threat to anyone and he should recieve a full pardon I mean come on you have people out there who are muderers what he did 30 yrs ago is irrelevant to present day! He hasnt even received a speeding ticket in that 30 yrs. You people who are trashing him on here should really shut your mouth bc you dont know him and if you did you wouldnt talk the way you are talking about him right now. I would trust this guy with my life and my kids life! Another thing apparently the Judge let him go for a reason so maybe you people need to think of WHY a JUDGE would do that? Because he deserves to be free and live his life!!!! We love you Uncle Eugene just like kinfolk!!!

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