Lawyer: 48-year fugitive hospitalized for kidney failure

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Posted: May 24, 2016 8:04 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from prison has been hospitalized.

An attorney told WTIC-TV (http://bit.ly/1UccXSW) on Tuesday that 71-year-old Robert Stackowitz is in a hospital for kidney failure.

Stackowitz was arrested May 9 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.

Attorney Norman Pattis said at the time of Stackowitz's arrest he suffers from heart failure, bladder cancer and other ailments and sending him back to Georgia to serve the remainder of his sentence would amount to a death sentence.

Pattis has asked Georgia officials to commute Stackowitz's 17-year robbery sentence.

An extradition hearing was scheduled last week for June 6.

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Information from: WTIC-TV, http://www.fox61.com