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Longtime Fugitive Found in Mexico After 32 Years on the Run

Mexico has reportedly finally apprehended a man who has been on the run for 32 years after being convicted of attempted homicide.

The New York Post reported that Greg Lawson, 63, could be seen chuckling as he was handcuffed and returned to U.S. soil.

Half of his existence has been spent on the run for the past 32 years.

The FBI has been searching for Lawson since 1991, and has tracked down numerous leads over the past three decades across the United States, though the bureau had long suspected he had fled to Mexico.

The FBI office in New Orleans received information earlier this month that Lawson was indeed in Mexico.

Agents from Shreveport and Mexico collaborated with FBI headquarters and the Mexican immigration authorities to locate and apprehend Lawson.

On September 19 in Huatulco, Mexico, he was detained and deported for immigration violations.

Lawson attempted to drive his childhood companion Seth Garlington’s car off the road when he was 31 years old.

The two ended up in the parking lot of a service station, where a gunfight ensued.

Garlington survived his injuries and Lawson was found guilty, but he was not present to hear the verdict.

His truck was discovered a block away from the Claiborne Parish Courthouse, where the trial was being held. For 32 years, he evaded capture.

Over the past 32 years, the FBI has pursued numerous leads and alleged sightings across the United States, and in 2007 it offered a $10,000 reward for information on his whereabouts.

Finally, a credible report and coordinated efforts with Mexican immigration authorities resulted in his return to prison.

Lawson was deported for immigration violations and escorted to Houston, where he was turned over to Louisiana authorities who had been searching for him for decades.

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