Originally created 05/31/97

Jeburk transferred to highest-security prison

Christopher Jeburk - the Augusta man sentenced to life without parole for a 1995 bank robbery - has been transferred to the country's highest security federal prison, a federal prison spokesman confirmed Friday.

Mr. Jeburk was serving a life sentence at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas for his part in an Oct. 13, 1995 bank robbery in which two accomplices held a teller's family hostage while he forced the woman to open a Columbia County bank's vault.

He was transferred to the U.S. Administrative Maximum Security Penitentiary in Florence, Colo., on April 30, 1997.

Prison officials refused to give a reason Mr. Jeburk's transfer, citing prisoner privacy regulations. But, Louis Winn, public information officer for the Florence prison said attempted escapes are, "one reason why inmates are transferred to this facility."

Before being sentenced in July 1996 - Mr. Jeburk escaped twice from the Columbia County Dentention Center - on March 27 and again on June 23 - the first of which triggered a national manhunt before he was again apprehended.

In March of this year, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Mr. Jeburk's appeal attempt because he failed to pay for a transcript before the proscribed dealine.


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