Ohio man arrested in Florida after 56 years on run

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Ohio Fugitive Apprehended After 56 Years On The Run

(Reuters) -- An Ohio man who walked away from a prison farm in 1959 while serving sentence related to a manslaughter conviction has been arrested in Florida, authorities said on Tuesday.

Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, who had been living for about two decades in central Florida under the name William Harold Cox, was arrested without incident at his house in Melbourne on Monday afternoon by the U.S. Marshals Service, the service said.

Freshwaters admitted his true identity, the service said.

He is being held in the Brevard County jail without bond on a fugitive warrant while awaiting extradition to Ohio, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

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Ohio man arrested in Florida after 56 years on run
This Feb. 26, 1959 Ohio State Reformatory photo released by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Harold Frank Freshwaters,of Akron, Ohio, who arrested U.S. Marshals on Monday, May 4, 2015 by in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, 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. (Ohio State Reformatory via AP)
This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, 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/Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
This Monday, May 4, 2015, booking photo released by the Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office shows Harold Frank Freshwaters, 79, of Akron, Ohio, who arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals in Melbourne, Fla. Freshwaters, convicted of voluntary manslaughter for killing a pedestrian with his car in 1957, 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/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)
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"Working together with all of our law enforcement partners in Ohio, West Virginia and Florida, we were able to close one of our states oldest escape warrants and I am proud of all the efforts our team put forth into this investigation," U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said in a statement.

Freshwaters was the driver of a car that fatally struck a pedestrian in July 1957, authorities said. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was given a suspended sentence of one to 20 years in prison along with five years probation.

He was found guilty of violating the probation in February 1959 and sent to the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, then to the Sandusky Honor Farm to finish his sentence, the service said. He fled the farm in September 1959.

Freshwaters was captured in 1975 in West Virginia on the Ohio warrant but the state's governor refused to extradite him and he was released, the service said.

The Ohio Adult Parole Authority asked the Marshals Service to look into the case after it set up a new cold case task force three months ago and weeks of investigation led to Freshwaters being found in Florida, the service said.

Freshwaters had lived in several states under the alias William H. Cox working as a truck driver, before he settled in Brevard County about 20 years ago, the sheriff's office said.

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