Sentence delayed for Florida man in 37-year-old case

MIAMI (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed because of mental issues for an elderly Florida man who was on the lam for 37 years until his capture late last year in Mexico.

Defense lawyers for 81-year-old Robert Anton Woodring say he is exhibiting symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke postponed his sentencing on a bail-jumping conviction until August to give time for a mental examination.

Prosecutors say Woodring failed to surrender in 1977 to begin serving prison sentences for fraud and for a related conviction involving an attempt to flee in his 60-foot yacht so officials couldn’t seize it.

U.S. Marshals caught Woodring in Guadalajara, Mexico, in December after getting a tip while searching for another fugitive. Mexican officials sent him back to the U.S. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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