Friday, December 18, 2009

12 Days of Fugitives, Day 9: Harry Braswell

Harry Braswell

A convicted murderer who was serving a life prison sentence when he escaped from the Sumter Correctional Institution in 1983 is today's Florida Fugitive of the Day.

A Florida Department of Law Enforcement news release has the details about Harry Braswell:
On Feb. 22, 1983, Braswell escaped from the Sumter Correctional Institution where he was serving a life sentence by concealing himself in a piece of furniture within a large truck that was being transported out of the prison.

At the time of his escape, Braswell was serving a life sentence for the murder of John Robbins. On Feb. 19, 1975, Braswell and three accomplices entered Robbins’ Suwannee County home, tied him to a bed and suffocated him with a pillow.

”Braswell could very well be living in north Florida or somewhere in the Southeast,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge Jim Madden. “We know he is out there, and we believe there are people who have information that could lead us to his whereabouts.”

Braswell is 6’0” and at the time of his escape was approximately 150 pounds. He has green eyes and brown hair. He has the initials “H.D.B.” on his left arm and a heart on his left forearm. He has used the aliases Harry McQuery, Harry McCery, Robert Jackson, and Troy Jackson.

Authorities say Braswell has been spotted in Alabama, Texas, and Georgia. He has ties in several Florida counties including Leon, Hamilton and Washington.

Braswell will be featured on digital billboards across the state. The Florida Outdoor Advertising Association (FOAA) and its network of member companies are broadcasting the faces of the fugitives and the tip line number throughout the campaign period. There are 90 digital billboard locations statewide.

There is an active warrant for Braswell for escape, a first-degree felony. The warrant is for nationwide extradition. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the toll free tip line at 1-877-FLA-WANTED (1-877-352-9268) or e-mail

Harry Braswell, in an age progression illustration released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

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