Manatee County fugitive arrested in Alaska

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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 9:59 am

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A former Manatee County Sheriff's deputy who's been on the run for 23 years is now in custody in Alaska.

The FBI arrested 60-year-old Joseph Keenan-May in Eagle River, Alaska Friday.

May has been wanted for Capital Sexual Battery in Bradenton since 1991. The alleged multiple incidents happened for 7 years, from 1970 to 1977.

He was also wanted for a federal warrant, charging -- unlawful flight to avoid prosecution since 1993.

May is accused of living under the identity of his stepbrother, who died in his teens in the 1970s.

May faces up to 12 years in prison on the federal charges, and he could face the death penalty in Florida.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office says it's unknown at this time when May will be returned to the Suncoast.

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