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Kenneth Conley Pleads Not Guilty To Chicago Prison Escape

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This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Kenneth Conley, one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago on Dec. 18, 2012. At his arraignment Wednesday, Jan., 23, 2013, Conley pleaded not guilty to an escape charge. Conley eluded capture until Jan. 4. Before his escape, the 38-year-old former strip club worker already faced a maximum 20-year prison term for bank robbery. Escape carries a maximum 5-year sentence. (AP Photo/FBI, File)
This undated file photo provided by the FBI shows Kenneth Conley, one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago on Dec. 18, 2012. At his arraignment Wednesday, Jan., 23, 2013, Conley pleaded not guilty to an escape charge. Conley eluded capture until Jan. 4. Before his escape, the 38-year-old former strip club worker already faced a maximum 20-year prison term for bank robbery. Escape carries a maximum 5-year sentence. (AP Photo/FBI, File)

CHICAGO -- A bank robber has pleaded not guilty to an escape charge a month after he and a cellmate broke out of a high-rise Chicago lockup.

Kenneth Conley's lawyer entered the plea at a Wednesday arraignment. Dressed in orange jail clothing, Conley sat in a wheel chair with a leg he injured during his escape in a brace.

Prosecutors say he and Jose Banks scaled down nearly 20 stories using a makeshift rope on Dec. 18.

Banks was caught two days later. But Conley eluded capture until Jan. 4. Police stopped him outside a suburban apartment complex disguised as an old man and carrying a cane.

Before his escape, the 38-year-old former strip club worker already faced a maximum 20-year prison term for bank robbery. Escape carries a maximum 5-year sentence.

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