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Ark. prison officials didn't know of fugitive's health when they sought his return from Mich.

In a April 26, 2013 photo, Lester Stiggers is interviewed in Warren, Mich., by the Associated Press. Stiggers is a wanted man _ except in Michigan. Since he fled prison in 1970, the convicted killer has spent most of his life a free man in the Detroit area, thanks to a progressive governor who refused to send him back to Arkansas. Much like the U.S. gives foreign refugees asylum from threats in their homeland, that governor, William Milliken, gave Stiggers asylum from Arkansas. The state of Arkansas has renewed its efforts to bring him back to face justice. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)The Associated Press

Arkansas prison officials say they didn't know a 63-year-old fugitive was sick when they sought his return from Michigan.

But Department of Correction spokeswoman Shea Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's not the agency's role to make judgments about whether Lester Stiggers should be brought back to the Arkansas prison system he fled in 1970.

Arkansas this year asked Michigan to return Stiggers. Michigan is considering it, even though the state previously refused similar requests.

Stiggers was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager for killing his father in 1965.

The AP recently found Stiggers living in Warren, Mich. He has had two strokes and takes 10 pills a day for his ailing health. He says he doesn't understand why Arkansas wants him back.