RALEIGH, N.C. - An ailing 81-year-old North Carolina man who escaped from a Maryland prison 43 years ago was taken into custody yesterday to face extradition, a move his attorneys decried as a waste of time because of his age and poor health.
Willie Parker, who suffers from several health problems, served about a quarter of his sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon before escaping in 1965. He was tracked down in February.
Parker was arrested during a court hearing yesterday, said defense attorney Andrew Jackson. He said Parker was held for about an hour before extradition documents arrived from Gov. Mike Easley's office.
It was unclear when Maryland authorities will arrive in North Carolina. Brown said he plans to ask Maryland's Parole Commission to release Parker rather than hold him in prison. A Maryland prisons spokesman said officials will decide how much time he owes once he is returned.