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Fleeing Sex Offender and Girlfriend Apprehended in Colorado


Ronald Wayne Magness and his girlfriend Lori Abbondola-Peters, both of Star City, were apprehended in Aurora, Colorado, by local police officers following a nearly two-month search for the couple after Magness fled the state of Arkansas to avoid a 21-year prison sentence for failure to register as a sex offender and living within 2000 feet of a daycare in Drew County.

The Drew County Sheriff's Department received information on Monday, June 14, from an anonymous source that Magness and Peters had been spotted in Aurora, Colorado. The Sheriff?s Department contacted Aurora Police Department and requested their assistance in locating the couple. On Wednesday at approximately 1 PM, authorities from Aurora Police Department advised Sheriff Mark Gober that they had the couple in custody. Arrangements are being made to have Magness and Peters extradited from Colorado. Magness will face an additional charge for violating the conditions of release. Peters will be charged with assisting an escape.

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