Subject of 1994 manhunt released

O'Keefe to remain on probation until at least 2023
Joel O'Keefe
Joel O'Keefe

A man who served 23 years in prison after leading police on a two-week manhunt in 1994 has been released, records show.

Joel O’Keefe was eligible for release in November, as he had reached his conditional release date, but problems finding a suitable residence — one that met the state’s conditions regarding release — kept him in custody until Monday.

A relative of O’Keefe’s has provided a cabin in Argyle — on land own by the relative — for O’Keefe’s to live in.

O’Keefe, now 58, served 23 years of his up-to-29-year sentence for a series of crimes that included burglary and escape.

Disciplinary infractions delayed his release, but no further delays — outside the housing issue — kept him incarcerated, officials have said. He is to remain under parole supervision until at least 2023.


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