Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Jack Hazen escaped from a prison work release program near Jacksonville, in 1976. He says he did it because an inmate was threatening to kill him. Less than a year before, Hazen was convicted of aggravated assault and given a seven-year prison sentence. After his escape, he changed his name to Charles Free and moved to Vegas. Last Tuesday, 31 years later, he agreed in court to return to Florida to finish out the seven-year sentence. Hazen's children say he is terminally ill with a brain tumor. He also has M.S, diabetes, and was diagnosed two days before his arrest with Alzheimer's. Hazen's attorney has called the governor of Florida and requested a pardon or some sort of leniency. See story here.