Arkansas fugitive who made a life in Michigan dies at 68

DETROIT (AP) – A convicted killer from Arkansas has died in suburban Detroit, 47 years after he visited Michigan on a brief furlough – and never returned to prison.

Lester Stiggers was 68 years old. His daughter, L’Donne Hampton, tells The Associated Press that he died Saturday at his apartment in Warren, probably from a heart attack.

Stiggers made headlines in 2013 when Arkansas asked Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to send him back. It was the first time in years that Arkansas had expressed interest in Stiggers, who entered Michigan in 1970 and worked as a plumber and auto worker.

Snyder said Stiggers wasn’t a threat to anyone.

Stiggers was a teenager when he was convicted of killing his father in Arkansas. He said his father abused him and his mother.

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