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Video: Fugitive Apprehended After 56 Years on the Run

May 07, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Fugitive Apprehended After 56 Years on the Run

An Ohio man was arrested in Melbourne, Fla., 56 years after he escaped from custody. Frank Harold Freshwaters' long run to freedom ended Monday afternoon with a knock at the door, reports Florida Today.

On one side, deputies with the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office GAMEOVER task force. On the other, the gray-bearded, pony-tailed 79-year-old who authorities said lived under the alias William Cox after his escape from an Ohio prison camp in 1959 on a violation-of-probation charge.

Freshwaters, led away in handcuffs from his mobile home off the unpaved Sarno Extension, was a fugitive. Authorities said he escaped from the Sandusky Ohio Honor Farm in 1959 and previously served time in the Ohio State Reformatory, the infamous state prison featured in the movie "Shawshank Redemption."

Ohio authorities said Freshwaters, then 21 and married, killed 24-year-old Eugene Flynt on July 3, 1957 in Akron. Documents released by Elliot's office show that Freshwaters was traveling more than 50 mph in a 35 mph zone when he struck Flynt.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/8/2015 6:30 AM

At his age he is a complete waste of taxpayers money to put in Prison. Considering it was a vehicular homicide the most he could potentially get in these days is 1 to 3 years, hardly worth warehousing him with free healthcare on the taxpayers dime. I suspect with all he has done to avoid being caught his life has been a living hell for the past 58 years which is a harsher sentence than he would ever have gotten to begin with.

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