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Sherman fugitive makes brief court appearance

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Robert Stackowitz during Monday's court appearance. (WFSB photo) Robert Stackowitz during Monday's court appearance. (WFSB photo)
Robert Stackowitz was brought to court in a wheelchair. (WFSB photo) Robert Stackowitz was brought to court in a wheelchair. (WFSB photo)
DANBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A fugitive who spent nearly half a century on the run made a brief court appearance on Monday in Danbury.

Robert Stackowitz, 71, faced a judge on charges of being a fugitive from justice.

He was rolled into court in a wheelchair.

Norm Pattis, Stackowitz's attorney, told Eyewitness news that he tried to focus on his client's health issues during Monday's appearance.

"Mr. Stackowitz suffers from serious and disabling heart disease, traveling would endanger his health,"  said Pattis.

Stackowitz told CBS This Morning back in May that he is suffering from bladder cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Pattis did not answer questions about why Stackowitz eventually settled in the western Connecticut town of Sherman.

Prosecutors said Stackowitz spent 48 years on the lam after escaping a prison work camp in Georgia back in 1968. At the time, he had been sentenced to 17 years in prison for a robbery.

During interviews with Eyewitness News, neighbors had nothing but good things to say about Stackowitz.

He bought a house in Sherman in 1995 and lived there performing odd jobs as a mechanic around town until he was caught on May 9, 2016 when his social security application.

However, in an interview with WFSB's sister station, CBS46 in Atlanta, Stackowitz's robbery victim painted a different picture.

Jimmy Moseley said in 1966, Stackowitz was one of three men who tied him up and held him at gunpoint inside his home.

"And after they tied me up, they intended to kill me because they said they never leave witnesses," Moseley said. "They were professional house burglars."

Mosley is not concerned about Stackowitz's health, he wants justice, "He should be put in a chain gang, sentenced to hard labor, today." 

According to court documents, he made off with $9 and a set of truck keys.

Police said Stackowitz's mistake was filing for social security benefits.

Stackowitz is due back in court on Aug. 1.

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