48-Year fugitive granted medical reprieve

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Robert Stackowitz quit looking over his shoulder years ago.

The escaped fugitive spent almost half a century living in the sleepy town of Sherman, Conn. He used the alias Robert Gordon.

U.S. Marshals and Connecticut State Troopers arrested Stackowitz at his home in May. Almost 50 years after he walked out of the Carroll County Prison Work Camp.

"He's lived 48 years without breaking the law, that's a pretty good argument for rehabilitation," said his lawyer, Norm Pattis, a high-powered defense attorney and author.

Robert Stackowitz wound up in Georgia in 1966 when his marriage was falling apart. The then 21-year-old met two men and the trio decided to burglarize a house. The homeowner returned with them there and they tied him up.

Stackowitz was sentenced to 17-years-old in prison.

Just two years into his sentence, Stackowitz walked away from the prison work camp. He drove to Atlanta and caught a fly to his home state of Connecticut. He's been there ever since.

Authorities say Stackowitz applied for Social Security recently and officials discovered he was a fugitive.

In that time, according to Pattis, his health has deteriorated. Pattis says Stackowitz has diabetes, heart disease and bladder cancer.

"The trip to Georgia can kill him," Pattis said.

The State of Georgia granted Stackowitz a medical reprieve in September, meaning he can stay in Connecticut. He'll remain free but will be under parole supervision through the end of his sentence, which is July 14, 2022. 

 


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