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AG pleased with extradition order

CNMI Attorney General Edward Manibusan is pleased with the court’s decision to extradite 39-year-old Sean P. McDonnell to Illinois on multiple charges of sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, according to chief prosecutor Michelle Harris.

She said the extradition decision shows “we are working cooperatively across borders to ensure justice to victims of abuse.”

Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho ordered the extradition of McDonnell on Monday afternoon after Assistant AG Jonathan Wilberscheid submitted warrants from CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

“It’s been a long drawn-out process, working with the different agencies in the State of Illinois — it definitely took time to get everything together,” Harris said.

Wilberscheid “was primarily on it, and he was the one who got all the information together,” she added.

McDonnell’s counsel, Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski, said under federal law a fugitive should be extradited 30 days after the order is issued.

She said McDonell may languish at the Department of Corrections as the extradition request has no specific date as to when the defendant will be transported to Illinois.

To address Dominski’s concern, Judge Camacho ordered the submission of a status report on the proceedings on Dec. 15, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.

Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio earlier imposed a $1 million cash bail on McDonnell following his arrest on Saipan.