A federal judge sentenced a former Anderson man who escaped from a northern Indiana prison to nearly 16 years behind bars on Monday for robbing a Wyoming bank over a year ago.

Kelvin J. Fuller, 42, was sentenced to 15 years and eight months for robbing the bank in Moorcroft, Wyo. He pleaded guilty in October to robbing the bank of about $25,000 in August 2007. Under federal guidelines, he must serve 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for supervised release, officials said.

Fuller’s public defender, Daniel G. Blythe, declined comment following the sentencing. Officials with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne did not return messages.

Fuller faced up to 25 years in prison for the single bank robbery charge.

In an agreement with district attorneys, charges of interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle and interstate transportation of stolen property were dismissed at sentencing.

Fuller broke out of the medium-security Westville Correctional Facility in northern Indiana in early August 2007. His prison escape gained national media attention, including a brief segment on the television program “America’s Most Wanted.” He called The Herald Bulletin shortly after the broadcast aired, claiming he escaped prison to get treatment for an undisclosed medical condition.

He was arrested in Butte, Mont., about a week after he escaped. Police saw him dropping off a hitchhiker and thought it seemed suspicious.

During Fuller’s time on the run, authorities say he robbed and strangled a school bus driver in Lake County, robbed a bank in Fishers and held up a convenience store in Anderson.

He faces charges in Madison and Hamilton counties. It wasn’t immediately known when Fuller will be returned to Indiana to face those counts. After the sentencing, he was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Fuller, formerly of Anderson, was serving his sentence in the Westville prison after he pleaded guilty in October 1992 to charges of armed robbery, burglary and arson in connection with setting fire to the Anderson offices of gospel singer Sandi Patty. The April 1990 blaze caused an estimated $650,000 in damage.

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