Fugitive convicted of murder captured after nearly 50 years
UPDATED 7:17 AM PT – Saturday, November 14, 2020
A man convicted of murder nearly half a century ago is finally back behind bars. The FBI’s Pittsburgh division made the announcement Friday after Leonard Rayne Moses was arrested in Grand Blanc, Michigan, finally bringing closure to the family he severed.
Back in 1968, Moses was convicted of throwing a molotov cocktail in the window of a Pittsburgh home, which resulted in the death of Mary Amplo. He was then found guilty of murder at just 15-years-old.
Moses was sentenced to life without parole, but went on to escape custody three years later while attending his grandmother’s funeral.
Case #Update: #FBI Pittsburgh and @alleghenybadge announce the arrest of wanted fugitive Leonard Moses. He was arrested by @FBIDetroit‘s fugitive task force. https://t.co/ZzmtFxckDj pic.twitter.com/hj2MkeFItr
— FBI Pittsburgh (@FBIPittsburgh) November 13, 2020
According to authorities, Moses acted as a traveling pharmacist under the name Paul Dickson to avoid detection since at least 1999.
However, Moses slipped up earlier this year as he was caught allegedly embezzling $43 worth of prescription drugs from a CVS, which led to his arrest.
However, some believe he won’t face any charges. In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled minors can not be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility for parole. Due to Moses’s other crimes, however, he could still face some jail time.
Moses is being detained at the Genesee County Jail in Michigan and will be returned to Pittsburgh at a later date.