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Investigation reveals Whatcom fugitives living free

Investigation reveals Whatcom fugitives living free

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KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A national publication and a Seattle TV station say they’ve learned that Whatcom County fugitives probably won’t ever see a local courtroom.

An investigation by KING 5 and USA Today found that nearly every nationwide, felony warrant from Whatcom County , including those for rapists, kidnappers, and murderers are “no extradition” warrants.

Prosecutor David McEachran says they avoid extradition in all, but the most serious cases because of the expense involved in bringing fugitives back from far away states.

William Brester failed to register as a sex offender and slipped out of the state seven years ago.

A King 5 reporter located him in Florida.

The reporter called law enforcement in Florida and they arrested him.

Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks says the reason they didn’t pursue Brester may have been because he’s a lower risk offender.

 

Parks says they are reviewing similar cases to be certain there’s not another one like Bester’s.

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