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List of Famous Prisoners at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary ranked by fame and notoriety. The Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary is a medium security prison for male inmates located in Kansas. Leavenworth has a prisoner population of 1,879 and has been home to many notable prisoners throughout the years.

Who is the most famous prisoner at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary? Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick tops our list. Vick spent 17 months at Leavenworth after agreeing to a plea deal associated with felony charges of operating an unlawful interstate dog fighting ring. Vick admitted to financially supporting the dog fighting ring as well as being involved in the destruction of six to eight dogs by hanging or drowning.

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, Tennessee. Ray was on the run for two months before authorities found him at London's Heathrow airport.

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Prisoners at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary
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Michael Dwayne Vick is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Jets. Vick played college football at Virginia Tech, where as a freshman he placed third in the Heisman Trophy balloting. He left after his sophomore year to enter the NFL and was drafted first overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft, the first African-American quarterback ever taken in that position. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 38

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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James Earl Ray is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Prisoners at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary
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James Earl Ray was an American criminal convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison of hepatitis C. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)

Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States of America

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Troy Reddick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Prisoners at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary
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Troy Stanley Reddick is a former American football offensive lineman and personal trainer with John Charles' Air One Football Academy. He chose to sign with the Chicago Bears over the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Auburn University where he was an integral part of the undefeated 2004 season that culminated in a Sugar Bowl victory. Reddick has also been a member of the New York Giants, San Jose SaberCats, Dallas Desperados, and the Arizona Rattlers. Having had the opportunity to hone his craft in the most physically dominant division of football, the SEC West, his experiences are invaluable to young lineman he trains. As the son of a former ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 35

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

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Machine Gun Kelly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Prisoners at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary
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George Francis Barnes Jr., better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an Irish American gangster during the prohibition era. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 54 (1900-1954)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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