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article imageNew Brunswick: Most Wanted Fugitive to be Deported

By Bob Ewing     Nov 2, 2007 in Crime
An Immigration and Refugee Board official ruled Friday in Montreal that a convicted killer who was captured last week in New Brunswick has no grounds to remain in Canada and will be deported to the United States,
Last week, a rookie member of the Royal Canadian mounted Police nabbed one of the one of the 15 most-wanted criminals in the U.S.
Richard lee McNair was captured in Campbellton NB, 18 months after he escaped from a federal penitentiary in Pollock La.
McNair, 48, had been serving a life sentence for the 1987 murder of Jerome Theis during a botched robbery at a grain elevator in North Dakota.
Immigration Commissioner Marie-Louise Côté has ruled that McNair be deported to the United States from New Brunswick; Côté decision to deport McNair was based on what she referred to as his serious criminality.
McNair has been referred to as an accomplished escape artist and has previously managed to escape by using lip balm to grease his hand and slip out of handcuffs in North Dakota and clawing his way out of a ventilation duct at the North Dakota State Penitentiary.
In his 2006 escape, he, while repairing torn mail bags at the prison, hid in a shrink-wrapped pile and was shipped to a nearby warehouse where he freed himself.
McNair is considered to be a flight risk and is being detained at the maximum-security Atlantic Institution in Renous, until the deportation order is carried out.
McNair attended the hearing which was held in Montreal via a video link and acted as his own counsel.
McNair, representing himself, appeared at the hearing via video link. He will be deported sometime within the next few week.
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