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“I HAVEN’T WEIGHED THIS LITTLE SINCE HIGH SCHOOL”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 1, 2011) — Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who was arrested on October 27, 2010 by four Monroe County sheriff’s deputies, was released two days ago on December 30, 2010.
On Thursday evening, Mr. Fitzpatrick reported that his appeal has been filed with the appropriate courts and authorities, despite the fact that the Madisonville courthouse closed at 1:00 p.m. that day due to the New Year’s observance on Friday, December 31. There had been a 30-day period in which to file following his December 1 trial, which dismissed four felony charges but found him guilty of two misdemeanors.
Fitzpatrick was released at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Thursday on $400 bond. He is scheduled to return to court on January 18 for the two charges stemming from the October 27 arrest.
He has reported a dramatic weight loss, stating, “I’m 6’1″ and haven’t been under 200 pounds in a very long time, since high school, or maybe even grammar school.” Fitzpatrick is 58.
He stated that he has been experiencing unexplained dizziness and plans to schedule a full physical examination in the near future. He reported that the numbness in his hands which began shortly following his arrest persists. Today he has been resting comfortably at home and said that he is looking forward to the reconnection of his internet service early next week so that he can catch up on the news.
Fitzpatrick also reported that the side door to his home which was broken by the sheriff’s deputies has been repaired.
Prior to Thursday, no one at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department would confirm Fitzpatrick’s release date, which had originally been given as December 25 by one of the local papers, the Advocate & Democrat.
While in jail, Fitzpatrick described an assault by another prisoner against whom he has pressed charges as well as very poor physical conditions which The Post & Email reported to the Tennessee Corrections Institute. Contributions to the Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III Legal Defense Fund paid for Fitzpatrick’s reports from the jail.