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Fugitive on the lam for three decades in custody


MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man who had been a fugitive for about 30 years was sentenced Thursday for his conviction of a burglary that happened in Manchester in 1982, according to a release from Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance.

Robert Wade, 55, was on trial in February 1983 for entering the home of a young woman in 1982 with the intent of sexually assaulting her. After several witnesses had testified, Wade failed to appear for the remainder of the trial and, through his attorney, notified the court that he didn't intend to return. The court proceeded with the trial and found him guilty in absentia of burglary.

Wade was found in Brockton, Mass., living under an alias. He denied he was Robert Wade, but fingerprint evidence and recordings of Wade's phone calls from jail, in which he acknowledged that he was Wade, "proved his identity," according to the release.

Wade was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison.

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