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New Hampshire

May 11, 2013

Case of missing NH convicted killer ends in Greece

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who fled a day before being convicted in 1991 of killing his 2-year-old stepson has been tried and convicted again in Greece, where he is serving an 18-year sentence for the boy’s death, authorities said Friday.

Federal and state officials held a news conference to provide an update on 45-year-old Steven Kamberidis’ whereabouts since he disappeared May 14, 1991, the day before he was convicted in Nashua of second-degree murder in the 1989 beating death of James Chartier.

Kamberidis, who was free on $50,000 bond when he went missing, was sentenced in absentia to 30 years to life.

New Hampshire law enforcement officials said they’ve known for at least a decade that Kamberidis was in Greece, his native country, and FBI officials said the agency had been making a concerted effort to bring him to justice since 2006.

“It was a fugitive case, not a cold case, and not a cold fugitive case either,” FBI supervisory special agent Kieran Ramsey said before the news conference. “We’ve known he was in Greece for quite some time, for years.”

Police in Greece said Kamberidis was arrested Feb. 5 in a village near Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced again in late April.

At the news conference, Ramsey said the prosecution, conviction and sentencing of a Greek citizen for a U.S. crime was “unprecedented” for both countries.

“At times people may have thought justice was delayed,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who heads the criminal bureau. “The efforts of the law enforcement community have certainly shown that justice was not denied to James and his family.”

Young said officials are continuing their diplomatic efforts to have Kamberidis returned to the United States, where he would serve his original 30-year-sentence and face a federal charge of fleeing to avoid prosecution.

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