Comment: As a court escort, Ladyjustice remembers clearly the parents of Adam Zachs promising to “monitor their son’s behavior and the presence of any weapons” as he was released on bond during the sentencing phase of the trail of Adam Zachs 22 years ago.
The truth is, this wealthy family demonstrated the most egregious misconduct imaginable by conspiring with others to harbor their fugitive son for 22 years, sending him money, creating a new identity and the opportunity of family in Mexico.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the Carone family, who lost their son-brother Peter, who did everything possible to seek justice on an international level and carried on with dignity and hope. Even now, Addie showed constraint and “an ounce of compassion” for Fredreck Zachs, as he was charged with harboring a fugitive yesterday. (See initial blog Bridge Over Troubled Water and attached article)
Mr. Zachs, Money doesn’t buy true freedom, it only served to prolong the agony for the Carone family.
Ladyjustice hopes for the maximum penalty in this case!
WEST HARTFORD – The father of convicted killer Adam Zachs admitted to authorities on Wednesday that he harbored his son from federal authorities for more than 20 years.
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that Frederick B. Zachs, 78, of West Hartford, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty Wednesday before United States Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis in New Haven to harboring a fugitive, namely his son, Adam Zachs.
“For more than 20 years, this defendant helped a convicted killer escape justice,” Fein said. “By doing so, he contributed to the suffering of the victim’s family and loved ones. I want to commend the U.S. Marshals Service and the West Hartford Police for their dedication and persistence throughout this long-term investigation. Their efforts show the resolve of law enforcement and show that the engine of justice never stops turning.”
According to court documents and statements made in court, on Aug. 26, 1988, Adam Zachs was convicted of first degree murder following a jury trial in Hartford Superior Court. On October 13, 1988, he was sentenced to 60 years of imprisonment but was allowed to remain free on a $250,000 appeal bond. When Adam Zachs failed to appear for a court hearing in June 1989, a federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid confinement was issued. On February 2, 2011, Adam Zachs was apprehended in Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, and is currently facing extradition.
In pleading guilty Wednesday, Frederick Zachs admitted that, in June 1989, he assisted in Adam Zachs’ flight from justice by arranging for his son to be driven to New York in order to board a flight to Mexico and avoid serving his 60-year sentence. When federal authorities began questioning Adam Zachs’ family members about their knowledge of his whereabouts and the circumstances of his disappearance, Frederick Zachs falsely denied having any knowledge about his son’s disappearance or current whereabouts.
Frederick Zachs further admitted in court today that, over the years, he sent money to his son through at least two intermediaries.Zachs also stayed in touch with his son by using an intermediary in Brooklyn, New York, to receive and send letters, and by using prepaid calling cards to call from payphones in Arizona and New Jersey between February 2002 and September 2005.
Frederick Zachs is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton on Aug. 26, at which time Zachs faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This matter was investigated by the United States Marshals Service and the West Hartford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.