No parole for one-time fugitive poet

January 12, 2010 3:28:46 PM PST
A convicted killer who lived in Chicago for 20 years after escaping from a Massachusetts jail has been denied parole. Norman Porter was arrested at a Chicago church where he lived in 2005. He first went to prison in 1960 for the murder of a store clerk.

During his first escape, the man he fled with killed a prison guard.

Porter was recaptured and escaped again in 1985. That's when he came to Chicago, where he wrote poetry and published books under the name JJ Jameson.

Porter told the Massachusetts Parole Board he was rehabilitated, but the board denied his request.