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Jury finds Russell guilty

KELSO, Wash. - Frederick Russell, who fled to Ireland after being accused of causing a car wreck that killed three college students, was convicted Tuesday of vehicular homicide.

Russell, 28, was convicted of three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault in the 2001 crash that killed three Washington State University students and injured three others.

The verdict was handed down at 4:20 p.m.

He was accused of being drunk, speeding, and trying to pass in a no-passing zone when his vehicle slammed head-on into another car on State Route 270, the highway between the two college towns of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho.

After his arrest and release on bail in 2001, Russell fled to Ireland, where he was found in 2005 after making the U.S. Marshals Service's "Most Wanted" list. He was extradited to the United States in 2006, the first time in 20 tries that the Irish government granted a request to extradite someone to the U.S.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this Story)

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