Justice For Major Karl Hoerig
Claudia Hoerig finally extradited to stand trial for murder
January 17, 2018
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Just hours after the Ohio House passed House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 9 calling for the extradition of Claudia Hoerig to stand trial for the 2007 murder of Major Karl Hoerig, State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) received news from the U.S. Marshal that Ms. Hoerig had finally been extradited late Wednesday. After a decade-long effort by Boccieri, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan and others to ensure justice was served, the fugitive has now been delivered back to Trumbull County, Ohio. 

“After many years of waiting, justice is finally served,” Boccieri said. “I received a call from the U.S. Marshal's Office notifying me that Claudia Hoerig is currently being held in the Trumbull County jail.”

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. law enforcement officials.

Brazil’s top court recently stripped Ms. Hoerig of her Brazilian citizenship and placed her under arrest, clearing the way for her extradition, but until today she was yet to have be repatriated due to the many appeals allowed by the Brazilian justice system.

While in Congress, Boccieri and Congressman Ryan led exhaustive efforts after Major Hoerig’s murder to extradite his wife, working with State Department officials and passing language in the foreign relations bill that admonished the Brazilian government for harboring a known fugitive. Boccieri expressed hope that the end of the Hoerig family’s suffering may be near.

“My greatest hope is that this trial can proceed, justice can be served for my friend and the Hoerig family can be at peace,” he said.

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