Robert E. Stackowitz won’t have to look over his shoulder anymore.
As reported in May, a man escaped a Georgia prison 48-years-ago and was found to be living in Connecticut. Stackowitz fought tooth and nail against being extradited back to his home state. He cited numerous reasons from failing health to his spotless record since his stint in prison.
Stackowitz had served two of his 17 years sentence for robbery when he managed to escape during a visit to the infirmary. He spent nearly half a century on the lamb by changing his name to Bob Gordon and hiding in Sherman, Connecticut.
Police were alerted of his true identity when Stackowitz applied for social security benefits using his real name. The U.S. Marshal’s Service quickly took him into custody. Georgia then engaged in a lengthy legal battle to extradite Stackowitz so he could serve the rest of his term. Authorities initially refused to commute his sentence unless he was back in the state.
Stackowitz’s family, friends, and neighbors rallied for having his charges dropped while others called for a complete case dismissal, citing that the state had better ways to spend their tax dollars.
CT Post reports that the case finally came to a close on Tuesday in Danbury Superior Court where the ruling placed Stackowitz on supervised parole until 2022.
Following a battle in court, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles withdrew their extradition request and granted Stackowitz medical reprieve.
Now, Stackowitz can live the rest of his days as a free man, but even he admits that those days are truly numbered. Stackowitz has bladder cancer, diabetes, heart problems, emphysema, and fluid in the lungs. On top of that, he needs to use a wheelchair due to ongoing circulatory problems.
But not everyone is happy with the outcome. One person in particular is Jimmie Mosely, who says Stackowitz and his buddies robbed him at knife point and tied him up in his house, making off with $9 and a set of keys. Mosely likened Stackowitz to “a piece of human trash.”
But this case opens up another discussion: Should there be a statute of limitations on the amount of time police have to find an escapee?
Either way, welcome to yet another slow news day in Connecticut.