Conn. dad who helped son flee to Mexico sentenced

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Posted: Aug 26, 2011 4:03 PM
Conn. dad who helped son flee to Mexico sentenced

A 78-year-old Connecticut man who helped his son flee to Mexico after a murder conviction and sent him money has been sentenced to six months behind bars.

Frederick Zachs was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in New Haven. He pleaded guilty in June to harboring a fugitive but asked to be spared prison time, citing his fragile health.

Federal prosecutors had said he should be locked up for six months for helping his 48-year-old fugitive son, Adam Zachs, flee after being convicted in 1988 of fatally shooting a man outside a West Hartford restaurant. They say he contributed to the suffering of the victim's family.

Adam Zachs denied the charges against him. He posted a $250,000 appeal bond and vanished. He was arrested in February about a five-hour drive northwest of Mexico City.