Police nab fugitive in Mexico

U.S. Marshals helped the Lee County Sheriff’s Department in bringing a fugitive to justice.

Juan Morales was indicted in 2007 on two counts of sexual battery involving a child and one count of fondling a minor. Morales fled, said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, but the court case went on without him. He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 40 years.

Morales was then placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List, and the sheriff’s department put him on a Crimestoppers segment.

Morales was located in Mexico, his native country, a month ago, and U.S. Marshals arrested him there. He was flown to Memphis where Lee County Sheriff’s deputies picked him up and brought him back to the Lee County jail late last week. This morning he was transferred to the state prison in Parchman.

“This is the first case in Lee County that went to jury without the defendant being there,” Johnson said.