Renowned escapee and felon Joel O’Keefe was released from state prison Monday morning to resettle in Argyle on parole.
O’Keefe, 57, was released from Five Points Correctional Facility after more than 23 years behind bars for escaping police, burglary and numerous crimes in prison.
He will live on Hidden Valley Road, a private dirt road off county Route 43. He will be supervised by parole officers, who met with local police late last month to discuss oversight of O’Keefe, who lived in Argyle before his famed escape and numerous convictions.
O’Keefe will be required to wear an ankle bracelet that will allow officials to monitor his travels through global positioning satellites. He will not be allowed to travel outside of an 11-county region around Washington County in New York.
He was eligible for release last November, but the state delayed release until a home the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision found appropriate could be found. That delay came as local police expressed concern about his release in light of his history of violence.
O’Keefe’s two-week flight from police in 1994 gained national attention before he was caught at a sandwich store in Bennington, Vermont.