fugitive Robert Stackowitz dies weeks after winning freedom

The man who fled the Carroll County Prison Work Camp more than 48 years ago and lived quietly for decades in Connecticut until he was found by federal officials in May of this year, has died.

Robert Stackowitz was 71 years old.

During extradition hearings earlier this year, Stackowitz's attorneys argued that he was too ill to make the journey back to Georgia, citing an array of illnesses including heart failure, bladder cancer, diabetes and circulatory problems. They urged state officials not to sign an extradition order.

Georgia parole officials dropped the extradition request in September after reviewing Stackowitz's medical file.

Stackowitz's health declined sharply late last week, according to his attorney.
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