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Court holds hearing on Illinois fugitive’s case

SUPERIOR Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho will hear arguments next month on whether a man wanted in Illinois on multiple charges of sexual assault and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child should be released from the local jail if not extradited within 45 days.

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Sean P. McDonnell who was arrested on Saipan on a $1 million bail, is a fugitive from Rock Island, Illinois.

In a status conference held on Friday afternoon in the courtroom of Judge Camacho, Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Wilberscheid said representatives of Inmate Services Corp. will be arriving on Saipan today, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, to bring McDonnell back to Illinois.

Judge Camacho ordered the extradition of MacDonnell last month following the Office of the AG’s submittal of a warrant from CNMI Gov. Ralph Torres and Illinois Gov. Bruce Vincent Rauner,

At Friday’s hearing, McDonnell appeared in the custody of the Department of Corrections and was represented by Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski who reiterated that her client continues to languish in the local jail.

She said under federal law, a fugitive should be extradited 30 days after such an order is issued.

But Judge Camacho said the authorities have 45 days to bring McDonnell back to Illinois from the date of the court’s Dec. 15 ruling.

If the defendant has not been brought back to Illinois within 45 days, the court will hear arguments on whether McDonnell should be released from jail, the judge added.

Judge Camacho set another status conference for Jan. 29, 2018 at 9 a.m. However, he said, in the event McDonnell has been extradited, the status conference will be vacated.