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Famous Prisoners At Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary

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The Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary is a medium-security prison for male inmates located in Kansas. Leavenworth has a prisoner population of 1,705 and has been home to many notable prisoners throughout the years.

Who is the most famous prisoner at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary? Martin Luther King's assassin, James Earl Ray, spent time at Leavenworth after being convicted of mail fraud. In 1959, Ray was sentenced to 20 years at the Missouri State Prison, but he escaped by hiding in the back of a bread truck. In 1968, Ray shot Martin Luther King as he stood on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN. Ray was on the run for two months before authorities found him at London's Heathrow airport.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick spent a year and a half at Leavenworth after agreeing to a plea deal associated with felony charges of operating an unlawful interstate dogfighting ring. Vick admitted to financially supporting the dogfighting ring as well as being involved in the murders of six to eight dogs by hanging or drowning.