Fugitive on lam since 1959 waives extradition



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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A fugitive who had been on the lam since walking away from a prison farm in 1959 won't fight his extradition back to Ohio after his arrest in Florida.

Authorities along Florida's Space Coast said Wednesday that 79-year-old Frank Freshwater had waived his right to formal extradition proceedings and won't resist efforts to return him to Ohio.

Freshwater was arrested Monday about a week after sheriff's deputies used a ruse to get his fingerprints, which matched those from his decades-old arrest. He was being held without bond at the Brevard County Jail.

He originally pleaded guilty to manslaughter back in 1957.

Major Tod Goodyear of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office says jail officials are awaiting word from Ohio authorities on when and how Freshwater will be transported back to Ohio.

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Mike Schneider

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