Convicted killer on run since '89 returns to Conn.

June 29, 2011 - 8:59 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted killer who fled Connecticut and set up a new life in Mexico is returning to his home state for the first time in two decades to finally begin serving a 60-year prison sentence.

West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci says town detectives and U.S. marshals are bringing Adam Zachs back to the state Wednesday. Zachs is expected to appear Thursday in Hartford Superior Court.

Zachs was convicted of the 1987 murder of Peter Carone outside a West Hartford restaurant, during an argument over a college basketball game. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison but posted a $250,000 bond to be released during his appeal and disappeared in 1989.

Zachs was caught in Leon Guanajuato (gwahn-uh-HAH'-toh), Mexico, in February after authorities received a tip.