Rape suspect’s plea hearing in Canada delayed
September 9, 2010
The Canadian pleas court hearing for accused abductor and rapist Mike Beaulieu has been continued.
Trooper Jeff Walters of Warren-state police reported that Beaulieu’s plea hearing scheduled for Wednesday was continued at the request of the defendant’s lawyer with the next hearing date being Sept. 22. However, the Canadian court did deem Beaulieu mentally fit to proceed with the hearing process following a psychological evaluation.
“Right now, he is looking at three years (in Canadian prison),” Walters said.
Beaulieu, 35, of Anson Maine, is being charged with numerous crimes locally, including rape, stemming from his alleged attack on two people in the Allegheny National Forest on Aug. 3. Following the attack, Beaulieu allegedly returned to Maine before fleeing the U.S. and illegally entering Canada.
Since Beaulieu has been incarcerated in Canada, more charges are being filed against him in the U.S. According to Walters, the gun Beaulieu used in the alleged attack – the same gun found in his possession at his apprehension in Canada – was stolen from a New Hampshire home. In addition, two New Hampshire licenses plates were recovered from the suspect’s truck.
“He will face theft charges in two areas of New Hampshire,” said Walters.
Asked if local prosecutors will have to wait until Beaulieu serves his prison term in Canada before prosecuting him locally, Walters said, “We are utilizing U.S. Marshals. They are serving as liaisons between Canada and us. They will help facilitate us getting him down here quicker than that.”
Walters said the plan is to have Beaulieu returned to the U.S. after sentencing in Canada. At that time, he will face the judicial procedure locally and, following sentencing, be returned to Canada to serve the remainder of his term.