A Washington man was ordered returned to Oregon Wednesday to face federal kidnapping charges involving a 7-year-old girl.
U.S. Magistrate Mikel William issued the order after a 12-minute hearing in which James William Fry, 32, waived all court proceedings in Idaho.
“I do understand the charges,” Fry, dressed in worn black jeans and light blue T-shirt, told William.
William granted Fry’s petition for a public defender to handle the charges of kidnapping and transportation of a minor across state lines. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
Fry, who was taking home about $1,100 a month as a mechanic for a Pasco car dealership, did not fight his detention but could seek release pending trial after his return to Oregon. Federal officials said Fry would not be transferred Wednesday but declined to say when he would be moved.
Six hours earlier, a three-state, week-long manhunt ended with Fry’s arrest by local police at a home in nearby Caldwell, where federal agents said he had relatives. Authorities said he also has a record of convictions in Canyon County on theft, battery and drug charges dating back to 1993.
Federal, state and local authorities had been looking for him since July 22 when 7-year-old Brittany Arterburn was snatched off a Hermiston street corner. Released unharmed at a local restaurant 28 hours later, the girl told police she was tied to a tree while her abductor got another vehicle. She said she also spent some time inside a home.
“I’m very happy that he’s been caught,” her mother, Beth, said.
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