Frank Freshwaters, the man whose life story was told in the movie Shawshank Redemption, will be granted parole by the state of Ohio following his capture last year after being on the lamb for more than a half a century.
Freshwaters disappeared from an Ohio prison camp in 1959 while serving time for manslaughter and was found last year in Florida. Investigators who tracked down the famous fugitive say the widower was living off Social Security benefits under an assumed name in a trailer park in rural Brevard County, Florida.
His attorney argued for Freshwaters’ release, saying he has lived a clean life and never forgot the accident that led to his case. Freshwaters was not present at the state parole hearing on Thursday where it was announced that he would be granted his freedom.