An escaped Canadian prisoner who fled to the US and the identity of a dead boy he has been living with for more than 40 years will be extradited.
Canadian prison officials want him to end the remaining 885 days of his prison sentence for theft.
In 2013, the Stony Mountain prison in Canada issued an arrest warrant for the first time against Jean-Pail Halleux, 73, according to ‘ Sacramento Bee.
Halleux was convicted in 1972 for breaking a timber yard in Manitoba. He was sentenced to two years at the Rockwood Institution, which has since been renamed Stony Mountain Institution.
On September 1, 1973, Halleux escaped from prison, served only 17 months of his sentence, and finally reached the US
According to court documents, Halleux used various aliases with multiple versions of his own name and Jack Joseph Rivard.
Then in 1977 he apparently stole the name of Thomas Carl Coy, a Californian boy who died in 1949.
Jean-Paul Halleux’s mugshot after being arrested in 1972 for breaking a timber yard
According to online court reports obtained by the Sacramento Bee, a sofi number was assigned to the name Coy in Halleux, Nevada in 1977.
By 1980, Halleux used the name to establish a new life. He settled at an address in Sacramento.
It was not until 2018 that Halleux was first detained in the US for stealing Coy’s identity.
While standing before a judge of the American magistrate on Wednesday, Halleux, 73, appeared under the adopted name.
“Is what you want to do going back to Canada to address this issue?” US Judge Commissioner Allison Claire asked.
“Yes, that’s it,” Halleux said.
Halleux was ordered to remain in custody in the main prison of Sacramento County until he was handed over to Canadian officials. That process can take up to three weeks.
According to court documents, the time that Halleux is in the US prison will not be deducted from his remaining sentence in Canada. Before he escaped, he served only 1,336 days of his 2,221 days in prison.
This is the house in a neighborhood in Sacramento where the authorities eventually arrested Halleux
While living in the capital of California, Halleux made money with various tow truck companies. An online response to Yelp gave him rave reviews about his customer service in 2013.
“Very friendly guy,” one customer wrote. “Overall, I was completely satisfied and would recommend this service to anyone! I took a card from him and will call next time, which will inevitably be with my luck. Thank you Tom! “
Canadian extradition documents also cited that “there is no statute of limitations with regard to the offenses for which the requested person is charged”.
But years later someone in the US noticed a problem with Halleux’s identity.
This mugshot was taken after Halleux was arrested in 2017 for stealing the identity of Thomas Coy
Subsequently, the state of DMV reached the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, which accused Halleux of perjury in using the Thomas Carl Coy name on February 19, 2015 to register for the car title.
The public prosecutor also accused Halleux of having wrongfully acquired the identity of Coy “for an unlawful purpose and to obtain or attempt to obtain credit, goods, service and information in the name of Thomas Carl Coy, a deceased child, without permission” .
When about a dozen unmarked cars stopped Halleux’s house two years ago, his old neighbor was taken by surprise.
“It was a shock, a total shock,” Goodlow told Sacramento Bee. “I’ve never known him to do anything off the rails in 20 years. ”
After the arrest, Halleux was equipped with a GPS ankle monitor. He waited for his trial later that year in March.
He remained free until this week when federal prosecutors filed court documents in Sacramento to arrest and hold Halleux without bail until his extradition.
“The court must hold Halleux without a bond because it poses a flight risk,” wrote assistant American lawyer Quinn Hochhalter in legal proceedings. “Halleux escaped from prison earlier and avoided the Canadian authorities for nearly forty years.
“Allowing bail in any amount would not guarantee Halleux’s presence in court and would invite the possibility of embarrassing the United States in conducting their foreign affairs.”