After years on run, 'Shawshank Fugitive' free man again - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

After years on run, 'Shawshank Fugitive' free man again

Frank Freshwaters a.k.a. William Harold Cox is granted parole. (Source: FBI) Frank Freshwaters a.k.a. William Harold Cox is granted parole. (Source: FBI)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Frank Freshwaters is getting out of jail, again.

The 79-year-old has been granted parole. The Ohio Adult Parole Authority board voted Thursday to release Freshwaters on parole in April. 

Freshwaters was once one of Ohio's most wanted fugitives.  He spent 56 years on the run until he was located two years ago.

The Akron native was convicted for a 1957 fatal car crash, but never served all his time because he escaped from jail. 

He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 1-20 years in prison. Initially, Freshwaters' sentence was suspended and he was given probation for five years. Two years later on Feb. 19, 1959, he was found guilty of probation violation and his original sentence was imposed. 

He served time in Mansfield but quickly earned the trust of the prison officials and was moved to the Sandusky Honor Farm to finish his sentence. On Sept. 30, 1959, Freshwaters escaped.

The 79-year-old was located and arrested on May 5, 2014. He was in Melbourne, Fla., living under the alias William Harold Cox. 

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