DANBURY, Conn. — A Connecticut man who spent 48 years as a fugitive after escaping from prison is continuing to fight the state’s efforts to return him to Georgia.

The Hartford Courant (http://cour.at/2bYeQ8g ) reports that Connecticut took 71-year-old Robert Stackowitz into custody Tuesday as part of the extradition process. Stackowitz filed an appeal attempting to block the state’s efforts.

He was released after posting $100 bail and is due back in court on Sept. 26.

Stackowitz fled a prison work camp in Carrolton, Georgia, in 1968 while serving a 17-year sentence for robbery. He was arrested May 9 at his home in Sherman, Connecticut, after his Social Security application turned up a fugitive warrant.

His attorney says Stackowitz has major health problems and any prison time would amount to a death sentence.