Leonard Moses escaped federal custody in 1971 and remained on the run for almost five decades before he was captured Thursday in Michigan at 68-years-old.
He was serving a life sentence without parole for killing Mary Amplo in Pittsburgh on April 6, 1968, during nationwide unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Leonard and others threw Molotov cocktails at the 72-year-old Mary’s house, according to the FBI. She later died from burns suffered in the fire.
In 1971, the feds let Leonard attend his grandmother’s funeral in Pittsburgh, and that’s when he escaped.
He’s been on the FBI’s Most Wanted list ever since….that is, until now.
According to the FBI’s press release, Leonard’s been living his life in Michigan. He was registered as a traveling pharmacist in the state since 1999 under the name Paul Dickson.
In January 2020, he was arrested and charged with stealing $43 worth of pills from a CVS in suburban Detroit, according to Pittsburgh NBC affiliate WPXI. Police took his fingerprints and entered them in a federal database, which allowed the FBI to find him.
Damn. Leonard gave up the entire life he stole back for $43 worth of pills.