Shelby Co. murderer back in jail on firearm charge

John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)
John Hughes (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man convicted of several serious crimes, including murder, bank robbery and escaping from prison, dating back to 1969, is now in the Angelina County Jail on firearm charges.

John Madison Hughes, 67, was convicted of bank robbery in 1969, escape from a federal correctional institution in 1973, voluntary manslaughter in Nacogdoches County in 1987 and murder in Shelby County in 1991.

Hughes is now indicted in federal court on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition. He is alleged to have owned a .270 caliber rifle on Oct. 17, 2012 in Shelby County.

He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Appeals court records detail Hughes' voluntary manslaughter conviction in 1987. According to the records, Hughes shot and killed Rodney Johnson on FM 138 on Jan. 28, 1982, following an altercation over a woman.

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