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Convicted murderer wanted for parole violation arrested

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A convicted murderer wanted for violating the terms of his parole in Ohio was arrested in Roswell Thursday.

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Acting on a local tip, Chaves County deputies arrested William Roberts, 58, Thursday at Leprino Foods, where he was working under one of the many aliases he was using, Sheriff Mike Herrington said Friday.

Law enforcement found Roberts at the Leprino facility and he was subsequently arrested without incident.

“It was a very peaceful apprehension. There was no kind of violence or anything,” he added.

Roberts was being held without bond at the Chaves County Detention Center as of Friday until arrangements can be made to send him back to authorities in Ohio where a warrant had been issued for his arrest, Herrington said. Roberts had been in Roswell since late 2018, he said.

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Herrington said he did not know any details about the murder, but said Roberts had served time in prison on a murder charge. He was eventually paroled and had relocated to Florida.

People who are paroled can leave a state, but must periodically check in with their parole officers and meet other requirements, Herrington said.

At some point, Roberts left Florida without notifying his parole officer. A warrant was then issued for Roberts’ arrest for violating the terms of his parole.

The Roswell Daily Record reached out to Leprino for comment about the arrest and what job Roberts held with the company. A phone message was left with a human resources manager for Leprino’s Roswell facility, but the call was not returned before press time Friday.

Herrington said Leprino Foods had cooperated with law enforcement and provided assistance to law enforcement handling the matter.

Roberts had been using multiple aliases, something that could explain how Roberts was able to gain employment and stay on the run, Herrington said.

Most companies do background checks on prospective employees, but that procedure does not show whether a person has warrants out for their arrest.

To find that out, Herrington said representatives from a company have to go to law enforcement who can perform a background check using the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) check, that will reveal whether an individual is wanted on warrants.

Herrington said that during his tenure in law enforcement in Chaves County, similar incidents have taken place before, where criminals from out of state try to seek refuge and melt into the population.

“They believe they can get in here — small town community — fit right in and go that route,” Herrington said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.