Rep. Glenn Holmes Statement On Extradition Of Claudia Hoerig
Hoerig fled to Brazil after her husband was found dead in their Northeast Ohio home in 2007
January 18, 2018
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State Rep. Glenn W. Holmes (D-Girard) today released a statement following news that Claudia Hoerig, accused of killing her husband, Major Karl Hoerig, and fleeing to Brazil in March 2007, was extradited to the United States late Wednesday, ending a decade-long effort by U.S. authorities to secure her release from Brazilian custody. Hoerig’s release comes on the heels of the Ohio House’s approval of Holmes’s House Concurrent Resolution 9, which urged Brazil to deliver Ms. Hoerig to the U.S. to stand trial.

“After a decade-long effort, Claudia Hoerig will finally stand trial in the United States. We cannot give back the many years of grief Major Hoerig’s loved ones have suffered, but now that Ms. Hoerig has been extradited, we can begin the process of healing and justice for Karl and his family. This victory sends a message to criminals here and abroad that they cannot expect to get away with their crimes simply by crossing the border.”

Major Hoerig, a pilot for the United State Air Force Reserve, was found murdered in his home in Newton Falls, Ohio in March 2007. Claudia Hoerig fled to Brazil the same day, and was not charged with aggravated murder until a month later when she was already beyond the reach of U.S. officials. After a lengthy appeals process in Brazil, Hoerig was released to U.S. authorities and is currently being held in the Trumbull County Jail.

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