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Game Warden Killer Returned To Idaho

March 13, 1987

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ Convicted killer Claude Dallas Jr., the self-styled mountain man who twice was the object of an intensive manhunt, arrived back in Idaho in shackles and handcuffs Thursday to face prison-escape charges.

Dallas, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives since last spring, was captured Sunday in Riverside, Calif.

Dallas, 37, was serving up to 30 years in prison for killing two Idaho Fish and Game officers when he escaped from the state prison south of Boise last Easter Sunday. He had also eluded authorities for more than a year after the 1981 slayings.

He was arraigned by Magistrate Patricia Borah on a felony escape charge Thursday afternoon from his jail cell in a routine closed-circuit television proceeding. Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen said Dallas would be transferred to the state prison south of Boise as soon as arrangements could be made.

Outside the jail-courthouse complex, about a half-dozen people protested Dallas’ imprisonment, carrying signs with messages such as ″A Man’s Home Is His Castle.″

Supporters, who have described Dallas as somewhat of a folk hero, claim he shot the two game wardens in self-defense. His case drew widespread attention and was the subject of a made-for-television movie.

Killeen said Dallas and a contingent of Ada County deputies left Riverside on Wednesday afternoon in the sheriff’s department’s small airplane, and spent the night in Tonopah, Nev., before flying on to Boise.

″We don’t like to fly at night, especially over mountainous country,″ said Killeen, asked why the trip took two days. ″We would have liked to move him in one day, but obviously we couldn’t.″

Dallas spent the night in the local jail in Tonopah, officials said.

Dallas, wearing orange jail coveralls, was handcuffed and shackled as he arrived at the Boise airport Thursday morning. He was immediately transported under heavy security to the Ada County Jail.

He had waived his right to fight extradition in a brief court appearance Tuesday. FBI agents arrested him without a fight Sunday outside a Riverside convenience store.

Besides completing his 30-year term for voluntary manslaughter, Dallas faces up to five more years for fleeing prison and loss of up to 365 days of accumulated ″good time″ credit that could have been applied against his sentence.

The game wardens were shot execution-style in 1981 when they came to his remote camp near the Nevada border to arrest him for poaching. He eluded authorities for 16 months after the slayings until he was arrested after a shootout with FBI agents near Winnemucca, Nev.