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Former prosecutor says he was right to wait for Canada to deport Shrubsall

Timothy R. Lundquist, Niagara County's former second-ranking prosecutor, testified Wednesday that he believes he made the right decision in 2006 to stop pursuing extradition of William C. Shrubsall on a bail jumping charge.

Shrubsall fled to Canada during his 1996 sexual assault trial. In Canada, he assaulted three women and was sentenced to a maximum life sentence. Seven months ago, Canada deported him.

Shrubsall is now serving 2 1/3 to seven years for his sexual abuse conviction, a sentence that could be doubled if he's convicted of bail jumping. His attorneys want the charge dismissed, saying the Niagara County District Attorney's Office didn't try hard enough to bring him back from Canada.

"I was always of the opinion Canada was going to return him at some point, that he wasn't going to be up there for life. As it turned out, I was right," Lundquist said.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised a ruling by Sept. 20.

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