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A man charged with stealing 16 guns from an Army Reserve facility in Massachusetts, escaping from a Rhode Island prison, and trying to rob two banks, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors that could put him behind bars for 15 years.

James Morales' deal with federal prosecutors was made public Friday. A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

The deal calls for a 15-year sentence, but the judge is not bound by prosecutors' recommendations.

Authorities say Morales stole the guns from an Army Reserve center Worcester in November 2015. He was captured in New York days later. He escaped from the Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls on Dec. 31 and recaptured five days later after allegedly trying to rob two Boston-area banks.




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