Homicide

Convicted killer who escaped from Ohio prison camp in 1959 is caught by US Marshals in Florida

  • This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

    This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

    This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

    This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

A convicted killer who walked away from an Ohio prison honor farm in 1959 has been caught in Florida by members of the U.S. Marshals Service.

A statement from the service says 79-year-old Frank Freshwaters, of Akron, was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. He initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled the honor camp in northwest Ohio later that year.

The statement says Freshwaters was arrested in West Virginia in 1975, but the governor refused to extradite him and he again went into hiding.

An investigation by the newly formed Ohio cold-case unit led deputies to Melbourne, where Freshwaters was living under an assumed name. He was arrested Monday and awaits extradition.