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Man gets prison for leaving Rapid City halfway house 17 years ago
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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

RAPID CITY (AP) An Arizona man who disappeared 17 years ago while serving a federal sentence at a South Dakota halfway house has been sentenced to 1 ½ years in federal custody.

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Federal marshals found 55-year-old Steven Durant in Arizona last September. The Rapid City Journal reports that court documents indicate he had created a new identity using the birth certificate of a dead child from Mitchell.

Durant was sentenced in 1992 to 6 ½ years in federal custody on a weapons charge. He walked away from Community Alternatives of the Black Hills in Rapid City in March 1997.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Durant will spend three years on supervised release following his newest sentence.

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