Willie A. Johnson back behind bars in Minnesota

Willie A. Johnson, who vanished from a Stillwater halfway house last June, and was arrested in the Chicago area on March 17, is back behind bars in Minnesota.

Johnson had been under "intensive supervised release" and was serving the remainder of a sentence for his role in helping blind murderer Larry Hill escape from Stillwater State Prison in 1989, when he took off. He was last seen in Stillwater on June 3 when security cameras recorded him withdrawing $3,000 from a bank.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Shari Burt said this morning that Johnson was returned to Minnesota on March 31 and is currently awaiting an April 12 revocation hearing at the state prison in Lino Lakes.

After tying up two guards and a doctor during an eye exam away from prison grounds, Johnson and Hill made for the home of an acquaintance, Lois Platt, in Apple Valley. Police tracked the pair to her home, and began a two-day stand-off involving more than 100 officers.

Hill was eventually shot dead as he held a knife to the throat of one of Platt's two children. Later, police discovered that Platt had been bound and sexually assaulted during the stand off.

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