Rep. Boccieri Urges Action After Brazilian Court Votes To Extradite Claudia Hoerig
Federal court vote brings alleged murderer closer to justice

State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today urged the necessity of Claudia Hoerig’s prompt return to Trumbull County to stand trial for murder in response to reports stating the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil this week voted 4-1 to extradite Hoerig. The Brazilian native was accused of killing her husband, U.S. Air Force Reserve Pilot Major Karl D. Hoerig, in 2007 before fleeing to Brazil, where she has since avoided extradition.

“I believe Brazil is doing the right thing by voting to extradite this fugitive back to the U.S.,” Rep. Boccieri said. “Congressman Tim Ryan and Prosecutor Dennis Watkins have worked tirelessly for years on behalf of the Hoerig family to ensure justice is served.”

Former U.S. Congressman Boccieri and U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan previously led exhaustive efforts after Major Hoerig’s murder to extradite his wife. The two lawmakers worked with state department officials and passed a foreign relations bill with language criticizing the Brazilian government for harboring a known fugitive.

Ms. Hoerig’s extradition request was also pending before the Superior Tribunal of Justice, the highest appellate court in Brazil for non-constitutional questions of federal law, as well as the Supremo Tribunal Federal, which is the equivalent to our nation’s Supreme Court.

Major Hoerig was a decorated combat veteran who flew with the 773rd Airlift Squadron. Rep. Boccieri, also a personal friend of the Major’s, flew many missions with him at the 910 Airlift Wing.

Rep. Boccieri presently serves as the 757 Airlift Squadron Commander at the Youngstown Air Force Reserve Base in Vienna.

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