Fugitive on lam since ’59 arrives back in Ohio jail

This pair of photo shows shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, left, in a Feb. 26, 1959 Ohio State Reformatory photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service, and right, in a May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday, May 4, 2015 by in Melbourne, Fla. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. Freshwaters initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Ohio State Reformatory and Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
This pair of photo shows shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, left, in a Feb. 26, 1959 Ohio State Reformatory photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service, and right, in a May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Monday, May 4, 2015 by in Melbourne, Fla. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957. Freshwaters initially received a suspended sentence but was imprisoned in 1959 for a parole violation. He fled a prison farm in northwest Ohio later that year. (AP Photo/Ohio State Reformatory and Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

ORIENT, Ohio (AP) – A fugitive who was on the lam since walking away from an Ohio prison farm in 1959 was flown back to the state Tuesday after his recent arrest in Florida, a prison official said.

Frank Freshwater, 79, was taken to the Correctional Reception Center in central Ohio, said JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

A judge in Orlando ruled Monday that he should be extradited. Freshwater initially waived extradition but then tried to have the papers voided, saying he “wasn’t thinking straight” when he signed them.

Freshwater originally pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1957. He was arrested May 4 in Brevard County, on Florida’s east coast. Deputies used a ruse to match his fingerprints to his decades-old arrest.

In the next few days, Freshwater’s sentence will be recalculated based on his time at large and time served since his recent arrest, Smith said.

After all these years, there are discrepancies involving his name. Documents in Ohio refer to him as “Freshwaters,” according to the U.S. Marshals Service. But court documents filed by his attorney in Florida refer to him as “Freshwater.”

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