WARREN – Today, State Senator Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) today praised the Brazilian government’s long-awaited decision to extradite Claudia Hoerig to the United States where she will stand trial for the 2007 murder of her husband, Major Karl Hoerig.  

“The saga involving Ms. Hoerig went on for too long, but the end is finally in sight,” said Senator O’Brien. “The evidence of her involvement in the murder of Major Hoerig is overwhelming and we can now begin the process of trying her in a US court of law and bringing her to justice.”

Senator O’Brien is a longtime member of the effort to secure Ms. Hoerig’s extradition. He introduced legislation (SCR 6) in the Ohio Senate urging the US President, Secretary of State and Congress to compel Brazil to deliver Ms. Hoerig to the US.

“Major Hoerig was an all-around great guy and, as a decorated member of our military, also a true American hero,” said Sen. O’Brien. “He did not deserve to have his life cut short in such a tragic way, but I’m confident in our justice system and in the fact that Claudia will be made to account for her crimes to the fullest extent.” 

Major Hoerig was found dead in his home in Newton Falls in March 2007. According to investigators, on the day of his alleged murder, his wife, a Brazilian citizen, emptied his bank account, wired cash to relatives living in Brazil and fled to Brazil. A Trumbull County Grand Jury indicted her for aggravated murder with firearm specification. She was arrested and detained by Brazilian authorities and her Brazilian citizenship was revoked in 2016. She is currently detained in the Trumbull County Jail.

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