Man who spent eight years on the run in Europe is freed

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A man who spent eight years living the high life in Europe while fleeing rape charges in Connecticut is a free man once again.

Alex Kelly was released this morning from a Connecticut prison after serving 10 years of 16-year rape sentence.

He fled to Europe just before his trial was set to begin in 1987.

Kelly spent his time overseas skiing, hang gliding and mountain climbing with money authorities say his wealthy parents sent him. He finally surrendered in Switzerland in 1995.

Kelly, who's now 40, was convicted in 1997 of raping two teenage girls within a four-day span in 1986.

Kelly repeatedly apologized for the assaults at a parole hearing 2 years ago. He hasn't made any comments since his release.

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