Stewart Will Turn Himself Over To New York Authorities
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A former criminal justice professor at the University of Nebraska wanted on an escape charge since 1975 has decided to turn himself over to New York authorities, his lawyer said Monday.
Paul Stewart’s attorney, Kirk E. Naylor Jr., said Stewart opted to return voluntarily rather than fight extradition after the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office received a warrant from New York.
″After discussing all the options with Paul, it was concluded that the best place to thrash these issues out would be New York rather than Nebraska,″ Naylor said.
Chief Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Gary Lacey said Stewart had agreed to surrender by Wednesday.
Stewart, 48, is charged with being a fugitive from justice and burglary.
FBI records list Stewart with six convictions from 1952 to 1973, Lancaster County authorities have said.
The man was serving a sentence for possession of a forged instrument, and charges of assault and bail jumping were pending against him. He accidentally was released after a court appearance on the assault and bail-jumping charges.
Authorities learned of the warrant seeking Stewart after he was arrested in Lincoln on a burglary charge in July and his fingerprints were sent to an FBI crime lab for a routine check.
Stewart, whose wife is assistant dean of the university law school, joined the faculty in August 1985 and resigned soon after the burglary charge.
The university has said the school verified that Stewart had obtained a law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980 and a master’s degree from City College of New York in 1984.
As part of the arrangment for Stewart to appear in New York, the burglary charge filed against him in Lancaster County will be dismissed once he appears in New York court, Naylor said.
He said Stewart won’t be accompanied by any authorities when traveling to New York.