Winfield, Kan. (KAKE)-- A Wichita man waits in the Cowley County jail hoping to hear when Connecticut's Parole Board wants him to appear on a 35 year old warrant for parole absconding.
David C. Sheets told KAKE news in a phone interview, "I thought they closed the case a long time ago."
Sheets, then 20 years old, was convicted of felony robbery and served 25 months of a four year prison sentence and then paroled.
"I left Connecticut because I had a small child. And I felt if I stayed there I'd just end up back in jail. I was 22 years old, I believe, at the time. I made a stupid 22 year old decision."
Sheets says he couldn't find a job in Connecticut and says he went to Colorado then when a relative offered him work there.
He says he moved to Wichita in 1992. Sheets says he hasn't been on the run hiding from the law. "I own a house in Wichita that I've been in since 1996. I've worked with the same company almost 21 years. I file my taxes every year like everyone else. As far as being on the run where you hear about people changing their identities and everything like that. That wasn't me."
But Sheets past caught up with him after being stopped for running a red light in Winfield March 8th while visiting his girlfriend there. A Cowley County deputy ran Sheets information through a national crime data base and the 35 year old warrant pops up.
Sheets asks if Connecticut really wanted him why are only catching up with him now? "If they wanted to find me it would have been very easy to do." He says he's used the same social security number and filed his taxes every year.
Sheets says, "I've been a model citizen." KAKE's Chris Frank asked, "HAVE YOU COMMITTED ANY CRIMES SINCE THEN? No. No sir."
Now he waits to hear when Connecticut wants him to appear and says he hopes it doesn't ruin the rest of his life.
"To me the punishment doesn't fit the crime, so to speak."
Posted by Greg Palmer