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Felon arrested for 2001 murder minutes after release from federal prison

A Florida man who walked out of federal prison Friday was reportedly rearrested moments later for a murder he allegedly committed nearly two decades earlier.

According to WFTS, New Port Richey police arrested Randy Petersilge, 51, for the November 2001 murder of Simon Clark, 41, who was found dead of blunt force trauma in Pasco County. Authorities reopened the case in 2017 and a grand jury indicted Petersilge on first-degree murder in January 2016 but he was in federal prison at the time, so a detainer was placed on him instead.

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Up until Friday, no arrests had been made in connection with Clark’s murder. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Petersilge was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison in 2015 for possessing a firearm as a felon. He reportedly had prior convictions for grand theft, burglary, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

WFLA reported that Petersilge is currently awaiting transport to the Pasco County Jail.

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[Featured image: Randy Petersilge/New Port Richey Police Department]