Charges dropped in Chicago high-rise jail escape
CHICAGO — Escape charges have been dropped against a convicted bank robber who climbed out of a high-rise jail in downtown Chicago.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the charges against 37-year-old Joseph "Jose" Banks. The defense offered no objection.
Prosecutors say Banks already faces up to 80 years in prison when he is sentenced in March on a bank robbery conviction. Prosecutors say they plan to use the escape to argue for a stiffer sentence.
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