AP Exclusive: Capano upbeat during final visit

Thomas Capano, right, is escorted from the courthouse by a corrections officer after the first day of defense testimony in the penalty phase of his murder trial in Wilmington Del., Monday Jan. 25, 1999. Capano has implicated through testimony, another mistress, Debra MacIntyre, in the death of Fahey. (AP Photo/Tim Shaffer, Pool)

September 21, 2011 10:38:06 AM PDT
The last person to visit Tom Capano in a Delaware prison says the convicted killer was upbeat and cordial the day before he died.

Ed Sacks, a former law firm colleague, says Capano talked about books, politics and family. However, Sacks says Capano also discussed his health problems, and was reluctant to see him leave. Sacks says Capano told him that wouldn't be seeing him again for a long time.

Sacks, who worked with Capano briefly in the 1970s at a Wilmington law firm, visited Capano on Sunday at a maximum security prison in Smyrna.

Capano was found dead in his cell the next day after suffering sudden cardiac arrest. The once wealthy and politically-connected attorney had been serving life in prison for killing a mistress in 1996.