Around that time, Lucas was engaged to marry a pen pal with whom he had corresponded while incarcerated. According to some of his later accounts Lucas murdered Powell and then Rich. Believing Lucas and the year-old Powell were a married couple, he found Lucas a job as a roofer while allowing the couple to stay in a small apartment on the commune. He refused, after which they argued repeatedly during the visit about his upcoming nuptials. On June 10, , Lucas was convicted on over a dozen counts of burglary in and around Richmond, Virginia , and was sentenced to four years in prison. Lucas began moving between various relatives and one got him a job in West Virginia, where he established a relationship that ended when his girlfriend's family confronted him about abuse. Lucas reported that he was roughly treated by bullying inmates in prison and attempted suicide. Powell had become argumentative and homesick for Florida, and Lucas said she left at a Bowie, Texas truck stop. Lucas remained convicted of 11 homicides. In interviews with Texas Rangers and other law enforcement personnel, Lucas continued to confess to numerous additional unsolved killings. As with most of his confessions, he later retracted this claim. When he started confessing to numerous unsolved cases, he was initially credible; police knew that he had truthfully admitted committing two killings. Lucas returned to Virginia, then says he decided to drive back to Michigan, but was arrested in Ohio on the outstanding Michigan warrant.