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A man who claimed ties to a cover-up in the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. escaped from an Atlanta prison over a week ago. According to a federal complaint filed by U.S Magistrate Judge Russell G. Vineyard last week, Clayton Armstrong Hill walked from the medium security facility on May 28.
Hill was incarcerated for tax fraud and has never been brought to trial over his rumored involvement in Biggie's 1997 death.
"I was notified by officials… that inmate Clayton Armstrong Hill walked off the grounds," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Clay M. Cleveland in the affidavit signed by Vineyard. "A bed count was conducted to verify Hill’s status, and at approximately 6:40 p.m. Hill was identified as missing."
Authorities never informed residents living near the prison camp of the escape.
Nearly three years ago, Hill released the prison memoir Diary of an Ex-Terrorist naming a Nation of Islam member for killing the Brooklyn MC. Hill said the man confessed to the incident, explaining that Big was killed out of retaliation for the 1996 shooting death of rival Tupac Shakur. "I guess he felt comfortable so he began to talk about why he was on the run," Hill wrote in an excerpt posted on Hip-Hop DX.
"He had put in the ‘work’ on Biggie. I gripped my steering wheel tighter but stayed silent, allowing him to continue to talk. He explained that he was a member of the Bloods and said it was [for] what happened to Tupac [Shakur] who was a Blood and a Muslim. 'And I made twenty five ‘g’s’ off that.’ He patted his front pants pocket to emphasize his point which I noticed was bulging. ‘So where you headed to next?’ ‘Philly. The brothers up at #12 are expecting me.’ He was making reference to Muhammad Mosque #12, the infamous home of the Black Mafia.”
When reached for comment, Abdul Rahman of the Muhammad Mosque No. 15 in southwest Atlanta denied the story. "We don't plot to kill anybody."
In 2009, Hill was indicted on tax fraud charges, to which he pleaded guilty. Between 2002 and 2006, he filed 21 tax returns in Georgia and Illinois, receiving more than $350,000 back in refunds.
He remains on the lam.
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