Extradition hearing set for AK fugitive

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An extradition hearing is scheduled May 7 for a fugitive from Alaska who was arrested by federal officers on a ranch in eastern North Dakota.

Authorities say 44-year-old James Mead is wanted for attempted murder in Alaska. He is accused of shooting a man in February 2009 in Delta Junction.

Alaska authorities tracked him to a ranch near McVille and alerted the U.S. Marshals Service, who arrested him March 18 with help from the Nelson County sheriff's office.

The attempted murder charge carries a maximum punishment of 99 years in prison upon conviction.

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