Escapee from South Dakota Prison Found in Canada; Facing Extradition to U.S.

A United States fugitive who walked away from a South Dakota prison 16 years ago has been found living a secret family life on a Canadian aboriginal reserve where he was born.

Apparently, Clifford Laframboise, 42, was given up for adoption as a baby by his Canadian parents to an American couple.

In 1988, he was sentenced by a U.S. court to 18 years in prison for a series of burglaries, but walked away from the minimum security South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls six years later, and had been sought ever since.

He was South Dakota’s longest at-large escapee, until this week.

In 2009, U.S. authorities on a hunch had asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to try to locate him in Canada. He was arrested under the name Clifford Thomas for unrelated crimes in 2010 and released.

The RCMP later matched his identity to the U.S. warrant and rearrested him. By then, Laframboise was married and raising six children.

Laframboise now faces extradition to the United States to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, Interpol Litigation, International Extradition and OFAC Litigation.

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