Two escaped prisoners from Tennessee were captured in Denton, one of which was convicted of murder.
Jessie Lobbins and Joshua Caldwell were taken into custody about 9 p.m. Friday by U.S. Marshals and officers with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force.
Denton Police Captain Lenn Carter, investigative services bureau, said the pair escaped Nov. 30 from Tennessee’s Robertson County Jail by gaining access to the roof and jumping over a razor wire fence.
Carter said after officers received information that the pair were in the Denton Area, task force members chased down leads and located the escapees inside of a house in the 200 block of Fry Street, near the University of North Texas campus.
Carter said Lobbins is a known gang member facing a life-sentence in prison and was convicted in a Nashville Federal Court in August of murder, carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, and tampering with a witness, victim or informant.
Caldwell was in Federal pre-trial detention for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine, Carter said.
Both men were being held Saturday in a Denton jail awaiting transport to Tennessee.
Carter said the investigation is ongoing concerning any harboring charges for the acquaintances who live in Denton.