Frederick Russell denied credit for time served in Ireland - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Frederick Russell denied credit for time served in Ireland

COLFAX, Wash. - Frederick Russell's lawyers have failed again in their efforts to get Russell credit for the time he served in an Irish prison following his arrest there.

Russell fled to Ireland in 2001 to avoid prosecution for a drunken-driving crash that killed three WSU students. The chain-reaction collision took place on State Route 270, the winding road between the college towns of Pullman and Moscow.

Russell spent 384 days in Cloverhill Prison near Dublin while fighting extradition back to the United States. Those efforts failed and Russell was convicted last fall of three counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault.

Russell's lawyers asked Whitman County Superior Court Judge David Frazier to reconsider a previous ruling that denied Russell credit for the Irish prison time, but Frazier denied the request Friday in a teleconference hearing.

Russell was sentenced to the maximum 14 years and three months, and is serving his time at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen.

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