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Alleged fugitive claims to be man who died in 1983

Mar 28, 2010 9:12:00 PM - thestate.com
An accused fugitive who police say escaped while serving a 20-year prison sentence for drug trafficking claims he's a man who died in Virginia nearly three decades ago.

The man who North Carolina authorities say is Charles Sparks, 69, drove off from a Florida prison in a car he had been cleaning as part of an inmate work crew, the StarNews of Wilmington reported Sunday.

However, the man told the newspaper during a jailhouse interview that he is William Bolyn Garrett of Danville, Va. Police and Garrett's family say the man died in 1983 at age 43.

Sparks told the paper he couldn't talk about his case until it was resolved, but he did make reference to being a fugitive in his comments.

"Just as soon as everything is settled up, maybe I'll write a book on how it is to be a fugitive for 30 years and other things prior to that, and how it is to die in prison," he said. "How about flying in loads of drugs into the United States, having skirmishes with other armies in other countries of the world, things like that."