As convicted killer remains, police head slams US-Cuba deal

The head of New Jersey's state police is criticizing a law enforcement deal reached between the U.S. and Cuba because it doesn't require the return of a woman convicted of killing a state trooper.



Col. Rick Fuentes said Thursday that the information sharing agreement announced this week burned the Obama administration's last opportunity to negotiate for the return of fugitives including Joanne Chesimard.



Fuentes says he will work with President Donald Trump to negotiate for her return.



Joanne Chesimard was convicted in 1977 in the death of Trooper Werner Foerster during a gunfight after being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. She was sentenced to life in prison but escaped and traveled to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum and she has been living under the name Assata Shakur.



 


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."