#TrueCrimeTuesday Donald Leroy Hoke arrived at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary on September 26, 1929. He was to serve a 13-year sentence for the following offense: "On March 30, 1929, about 2:00 P.M., Hoke, with another man, entered the A & P grocery store ... and held up the manager ... with a gun, together with 3 other employees. Hoke took $54.00 from the cash register and they ordered the people in the store into the lavatory, where they locked them up and escaped in an automobile." The crime took place in Washington, DC, but Hoke was arrested in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
At first, Hoke acclimated to his surroundings well. He was made a trusty in August 1931 and was transferred to the minimum security farm. But the lax security was a temptation and Hoke escaped on October 4, 1931. He was re-captured and returned to Leavenworth a short time later on February 4, 1932. The rest of 1932 was not a good year for Hoke. He spent six days in isolation for breaking various rules, was reduced to 3rd grade, and forfeited all his good time. However, his last violation was in July 1933 and he was a model prisoner for the rest of his term.
Due to his good behavior, 780 days of his good time was restored in 1938. He was released October 3, 1939.
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RG 129: Records of the Bureau of Prisons. Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. Leavenworth, Kansas. Inmate Case Files, 1895-1957. Hoke, Donald Leroy, 33453.