Inmate arrested nearly 40 years after escape

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FILE - 1997. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

ZEELAND, Mich. (AP) – A man accused of escaping from a South Carolina jail nearly 40 years ago has been captured in western Michigan.

Federal marshals say 58-year-old Dallas Smallwood was arrested Monday in Zeeland, 25 miles southwest of Grand Rapids. He’s accused of escaping from an Anderson County, South Carolina, jail in 1977 while under a five-year sentence for grand larceny and receiving stolen goods.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Smallwood, a trucker, was using the name Waylon Wilson. He’s in custody at the Ottawa County jail awaiting extradition to South Carolina. It’s not known if he has a lawyer.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Steve Hetherington says Smallwood may have been in western Michigan for 10 years.

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