On this day in history, June 10, 1977... James Earl Ray and six other convicts had escaped from Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee. They were recaptured on June 13 and returned to prison. A year was added to Ray's previous sentence, increasing it to 100 years. James Earl Ray was the accused assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, many people (including many members of Dr. King's immediate family) don't believe Ray had anything to do with the murder.