SHERMAN, Conn. -- A Sherman man who escaped from a Georgia prison nearly 50 years ago is too ill to finish his 17-year sentence behind bars, his lawyer told authorities, according to a fox61.com report.
Robert Stackowitz, 71, was captured by U.S. marshals earlier this month at his home in Sherman.
He had been on the lam since Aug. 22, 1968, when he fled the infirmary at the Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, Ga.
He was 22 years old and was serving time for armed robbery.
Stackowitz had been living in Sherman since he broke out, and even had a driver’s license in his own name.
Stackowitz, who suffers from a multitude of health woes, has recently been hospitalized for possible kidney failure, the fox61.com report said.
His lawyer, Norm Pattis, has asked for clemency on his behalf and Stackowitz himself has said that being thrown back behind bars would likely do him in, the fox61.com report said.
The hunt by investigators assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force led authorities to a home on Route 39 where Stackowitz was captured without incident.