HARTFORD, Conn. – The Latest on the case of Robert Stackowitz, who escaped from a Georgia prison work camp in 1968 and was finally caught in Connecticut on Monday (all times local):
Georgia officials will review the case of a man who escaped from a prison work camp in 1968 and was finally caught in Connecticut this week.
A spokesman for the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles says the board will examine Robert Stackowitz's case upon his return to Georgia in a few weeks. His lawyer plans to ask the board for a pardon and prison sentence commutation.
The 71-year-old Stackowitz was arrested Monday at his home in Sherman, Connecticut. He escaped 48 years ago from a prison work camp in Carrolton, Georgia, where he was two years into a 17-year sentence for robbery.
Stackowitz's lawyer says his client is in poor health and any prison time would amount to a death sentence. Stackowitz is detained on $75,000 bail.
A lawyer for a Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from prison says his client is in poor health and he will ask Georgia officials to commute his 17-year robbery sentence.
Seventy-one-year-old Robert Stackowitz was arrested Monday at his home in rural Sherman after his Social Security application turned up a fugitive warrant. He escaped in 1968 from a prison work camp in Carrolton, Georgia. He's now detained on $75,000 bail.
Stackowitz's lawyer, Norman Pattis, told The Associated Press on Friday that his client suffers from heart failure, bladder cancer and other ailments and that sending him back to Georgia to serve the remainder of his sentence would amount to a death sentence.
Pattis plans to ask Georgia officials to commute Stackowitz's sentence.