79-year old Frank Freshwater was arrested in Melbourne, Fla. after information was received from the Cold Case Unit of the U.S. Marshall's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force.
An Ohio prison escapee on the run since the Eisenhower administration has finally been caught, Florida officials said.
Frank Freshwater, 79, escaped an Ohio prison in 1959 and was caught Monday at a home in Melbourne, Florida, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said. Freshwater, who was doing time for a probation violation related to a manslaughter conviction, was living under an alias and had worked as a truck driver.
Freshwater was initially jailed at the Ohio State Reformatory, where "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. He was moved to a prison work farm shortly into his 20-year sentence. He took off after serving seven months.
Freshwater lived in several states, using the name William H. Cox, before settling in Brevard County about 20 years ago, officials said. He is awaiting extradition to Ohio.