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Connecticut Fugitive, 71, Expected to Fight Return to Georgia

Stackowitz was arrested May 9 at his Sherman home after his Social Security application turned up a fugitive warrant

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    Georgia Department of Correction

    A Connecticut man who spent 48 years on the lam after escaping from prison is expected to fight an attempt to return him to Georgia.

    Seventy-one-year-old Robert Stackowitz is set to appear in state court in Danbury for an extradition hearing Tuesday.

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    His lawyer, Norman Pattis, has said they will try to fight his return to Georgia, where he fled a prison work camp in Carrolton in 1968 while serving a 17-year sentence for robbery.

    Pattis says Stackowitz has major health problems including heart failure and bladder cancer, and any prison time would amount to a death sentence.

    Connecticut officials have denied Stackowitz's requests to refuse to return him to Georgia.

    Stackowitz was arrested May 9 at his Sherman home after his Social Security application turned up a fugitive warrant.