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Connecticut fugitive arrested in Mexico after 22 years on the run

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Adam Zachs was convicted of murder and sentenced to 60 years in prison
  • Zachs failed to show at a court proceeding in 1989
  • Investigation determined he was married with kids and living in Mexico
  • A Mexican court will determine whether to extradite Zachs, who is now 47

(CNN) -- A convicted murderer from Connecticut has been apprehended in Mexico after nearly 22 years on the run, the U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday.

Adam Zachs was apprehended Tuesday by authorities in Leon, Guanajuato state, after "an exhaustive investigation" that also involved the West Hartford, Connecticut, Police Department and the FBI, the Marshals Service said in a statement.

Zachs, now 47, was convicted in 1988 of the murder in the shooting death of Peter Carone during a dispute at the Prospect Cafe in West Hartford, Connecticut, according to CNN affiliate WTNH.

He was sentenced to 60 years' imprisonment and was released on a $250,000 bond while his conviction was being appealed, the Marshals Service said.

After Zachs failed to show up at a scheduled court date in June 1989, state and federal warrants were issued charging Zachs with failure to appear and unlawful flight to avoid confinement, according to the Marshals Service statement.

Recently, the ongoing investigation revealed that Zachs was married in Mexico and has two children. A provisional arrest warrant was issued in Mexico in the fall seeking Zachs' extradition, the statement said.

A Mexican court will decide whether Zachs will be returned to Connecticut to begin his sentence for murder.