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Fugitive behind bars after standoff in Decatur


UPDATE- 11/24 John Gillespie, who was arrested in Decatur after eluding law enforcement for days, is jailed on two counts of violating his probation for 2nd Degree Rape.

Gillespie has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2007.

Records on file with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency show that Gillespie was convicted in 2009 of raping two 14-year-old girls.

Crime Information
Date of Arrest:     10/31/2008
Conviction Date:     10/29/2009
Sex Crime:    Rape 2nd (2 Counts)
Crime Location:      Morgan County, AL
Crime Country:      United States of America (the)
Description:    Victims were two fourteen year old females

Court records show Gillespie pleaded guilty on those charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but 15 years of that sentence was suspended. He was released from prison in December 2014.

In 2016 Gillespie’s probation was revoked, however later restored. But court records show on November 8th of this year, Judge Steven Haddock had issued a arrest warrant to determine if Gillespie’s probation should again be revoked.

It was on November 3rd that Gillespie got away while Moulton Police and Alabama State Troopers were attempting to arrest him.

Gillespie was captured by police on Bovember 23. He is now jailed without bond.

30 year-old John Gillespie is the suspect who police say a state trooper fired a gun during an attempted arrest with Moulton police on November 3rd. However, authorities say Gillespie got away.

According to police, the standoff happened Friday afternoon in Decatur on 2nd Avenue SW near Daniel Street SW.

State records show that Gillespie is also a registered sex offender who was convicted of second-degree rape in October 2009. He was also on the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office’s most wanted list.

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