July 31, 2014
A convicted killer arrested in Gardnerville after 31 years on the lam has agreed to return to Colorado to serve the rest of his prison sentence.
Fifty-six year old Robert Charles Johnson was serving a 10 to 15-year sentence for second-degree murder when he escaped from the Colorado State Penitentiary in April 1976.
He was arrested Monday in Gardnerville.
Authorities say Johnson has been using the name Robert Fargo and
working odd jobs and as a whitewater river guide.
Johnson waived extradition during a hearing yesterday, agreeing to return to Colorado.
Colorado officials say Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the killing of Michael Albert Lucas, who was found shot to death in 1972 on a hiking trail near Colorado Springs.