He eluded California corrections officials for more than 3 decades. Now, parolee Richard Bradford is back behind bars.
Richard Bradford was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder in 1971. He was paroled in 1978 but skipped out on his parole supervision two years later. Authorities say Bradford lived under the false identity of James Edward Heard, with a fake birth certificate created in Alameda County in 1977 , and a social security card issued to him in 1978 - while he was still in prison.
Under the Heard name, he owned several properties in the Pasadena area. Three years ago, investigators found Bradford’s prison fingerprints to match those of Heard at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Bradford’s attorney then told corrections officials his client wanted to turn himself in, but he never did.
On Sunday, surveillance agents saw Bradford and his wife leave their home and arrested them at a Home Depot in Monrovia.