'Most Wanted' fugitive loses appeal

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man who spent 15 years on the run after he was accused of molesting two young Mississippi girls has lost an appeal before the state Court of Appeals.

A DeSoto County jury convicted Edward Eugene Harper in 2010. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Harper was one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.” He had evaded authorities since skipping a 1994 court hearing in DeSoto County.

The FBI says Harper was arrested in 2009 near his mountain camp in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming while he was tending sheep.

Prosecutors say Harper was wanted for sex crimes involving two girls, ages 3 and 8 at the time, who lived in Hernando.

Harper was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual battery, child fondling and sexual battery.