Inmate with ties to Oklahoma banker's drowning in 1989 dies in federal prison

Joseph Anthony Agofsky, 46, died March 5 in a North Carolina federal prison, according to an Anderson (Mo.) based Ozark Funeral Homes.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman Modified: March 17, 2013 at 1:08 am •  Published: March 17, 2013
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A Missouri man with ties to the 1989 brutal drowning death of Grand Lake-area banker died earlier this month, according to online federal prison records.

Joseph Anthony Agofsky, 46, died March 5 in a North Carolina federal prison, according to an Anderson (Mo.) based Ozark Funeral Homes.

No other information was available other than a private ceremony was held last week, a funeral home representative said.

Agofsky and his brother, Shannon, were convicted of abducting Dan Short on Oct. 6, 1989, and driving him to the Noel, Mo., bank where he was forced to open the vault and hand over about $71,000.

Noel is 22 miles east of Grove, Oklahoma.

Prosecutors said after the brothers took the money, they drove Short to Grand Lake where they bound the banker's hands and feet with duct tape, taped him to an wooden chair weighted with chains and a concrete block, and tossed him alive from Cowskin Bridge.

Short drowned, and his body was found five days later near Grove.

Both men received a federal life sentence for the robbery charges. Shannon Agofsky was convicted in Oklahoma of Short's death, but jurors failed to convict Joseph Agofsky for the banker's death and prosecutors declined to try him a second time.

Shannon Agofsky is on death row in Terre Haute, Ind., for the stomping death of an inmate while incarcerated in Texas.


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