This past Wednesday a man was caught by authorities in Colorado who escaped from a Florida prison almost 32 years ago. He was sentenced to life at this prison in Florida and managed to escape during a power outage at night on August 17, 1979. Frederick Barrett, now 60 years old; is the man who got away from the Union Correctional Institution in Raiford, Florida. Apparently, U.S. Marshal Officers had to dress up as forest firefighters to reach Barrett in his remote cabin in Montrose County, Colorado. According to officials he was going by the name Neil Meltzer. Officials used a tattoo on Barrett’s right hand of a cross and dot to help identify him. Steve Davenport, special agent supervisor of the Department of Law Enforcement in Florida stated “The trail was cold.” and “It’s really, really difficult to track somebody who’s been out for thirty years.” But with the use of databases and public records investigators were fortunate enough to find out where Barrett was traveling to, and eventually pinned him in Colorado. After turning up a marijuana growing house and multiple guns in Barrett’s Colorado home, he now faces drug and gun charges besides escape charges, in Florida. Barrett was originally convicted for murdering a companion of his when they were traveling down the Florida Turnpike back in February of 1971. According to officials, Barrett and another man were hitchhiking and got picked up by a man named Carl Ardolino. While Ardolino was driving, Barrett choked him from behind and with the help of the other man they drowned Ardolino’s body. Ardolino’s family members were relieved to hear the news that Barrett was finally recaptured after all these years.
Everyone’s been following the recent news about the Casey Anthony / Florida child murder case over the last few days. Well although Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the charges against for murdering her daughter, she was held accountable for four cases of lying to the police (misdemeanor chargers). She was sentenced to the maximum time in prison for each case of lying, which is one year; totaling 4 years in jail. Besides being sentenced to 4 years in prison, she was also fined $1,000 for each count.
Now it’s being said that Casey Anthony is to be is to be released from jail early on July 13 for already spending 1,043 days in prison throughout her whole trial case; and for being on good behavior. The days she already spent in jail are being credited towards her sentencing.
Many people are stunned and angered at the way this case turned out by the verdict given on last Tuesday. The prosecutors plans were to seek the death penalty had Casey Anthony been convicted as guilty. Many of the jurors themselves have spoken out since Tuesday, stating that they felt there wasn’t enough evidence for a murder conviction but they felt sick and were in tears from there decision.
Check back soon for a follow up article outlining the whole case on Casey Anthony.