Seth Ferranti, a former fugitive who ran from authorities for two years, is encouraging Brian Laundrie to surrender himself to the police.
According to a report by Fox News, the outlaw-turned writer and producer recounted some of the harrows of being on the run and said that Laundrie needed to “face the music” over allegations he was involved in fiancee Gabby Petito’s death.
“You just gotta turn yourself in man — you gotta face the music, and if you did do something to that girl, you gotta pay the price,” said Seth Ferranti. “And if you didn’t do anything to that girl, you’ve got to present it to the jury and trust in your innocence.”
If anyone would know, it would likely be Ferranti. The ex-con was on the U.S. Marshals’ Top 15 Most Wanted list from 1991 to 1993, according to Fox, running from a 25-year sentence for nonviolent drug trafficking charges.
“You got to have money, money, money,” Ferranti told Fox News Monday. “If you have money, as long as you have money, you can stay hidden.”
Ferranti said that in addition to cash, and a lot of it, you need self-discipline and a fake ID if you’re going to fly under the radar, and admitted that since Laundrie was an outdoorsman and an “average dude” he could be hiding under everyone’s noses.
However, the former fugitive said that things were much different for him than they are for Laundrie due to the rise of security cameras and the constant connection people have with mobile devices:
“There probably wasn’t 75% of the scrutiny [back then] than there is now,” he said. “Everything is digital now. There’s cameras everywhere.
“The first six months, man, especially the first couple of weeks, I was super paranoid,” he said. “I was looking over my shoulder — it was like cloak and dagger type stuff, because I thought … the feds … they knew everything. In a way, when you’re on the run, it’s like you’re in your own little movie,” Ferranti said. “Everything is so intense.”
For Ferranti, it wasn’t a successful end to his attempts to evade the law; he was caught and spent more than 20 years in federal prison where he obtained his master’s degree and became an established writer.