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Russell’s Vehicular Homicide Convictions Upheld

SPOKESMAN.COM -  On Tuesday appellate judges upheld the vehicular homicide convictions against Frederick Russell, who was convicted in 2007 of killing three Washington State Students and seriously injuring three others in a drunken crash a decade ago on the highway that connects Moscow and Pullman.

However, the Division III Court of Appeals will return the case to Superior Court Judge David Frazier so that Russell can be given credit for the time he served incarcerated in Ireland as attorneys fought for his extradition back to the U.S. to stand trial. Russell had fled the country through Canada to avoid prosecution of the case.

"In conclusion, we affirm the convictions for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and the sentences except we remand to the trial court for the limited purpose of awarding credit for total confinement time served in Ireland," Judge Teresa Kulik wrote in her opinion that was concurred by judges Stephen Brown and Dennis Sweeney.

Russell was legally drunk at the time of the 2001 crash; he'd bought a 1.5 liter bottle of vodka, drank it at a house party that night and then had about two Guinnesses at a local bar before getting behind the wheel of his Chevy Blazer.

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