Ohio board considers parole for Akron man who was 55-year fugitive

The 79-year-old widower was returned to Ohio and had a closed parole hearing in August

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)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio board will hear arguments on whether to grant parole for a man who disappeared from a prison camp in 1959 while serving time for manslaughter and was found last year in rural Florida.

Frank Freshwaters wasn’t expected to attend Thursday’s hearing before the full state parole board in Columbus. It was slated to hear from both sides, including an attorney for Freshwaters.

Investigators who tracked down Freshwaters last May say he was living off Social Security benefits under an alias at a weathered trailer in rural Brevard County, Florida. The 79-year-old widower was returned to Ohio and had a closed parole hearing in August.

He was first caught in West Virginia in 1975 but wasn’t extradited, as the state’s governor concluded Freshwaters had a “flawless 16-year residency” there.

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