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Fugitive from US retried and sentenced in Greece

A 45-year-old Greek who fled the US more than two decades ago, a day before he was convicted of murdering his 2-year-old stepson in New Hampshire, has been retried in Greece and sentenced to 18 years in jail, Reuters reported.

The conviction and sentencing of Steven Kamberidis was the result of years of negotiations between Greek authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which knew the man was living in Thessaloniki. Kamberidis, had been released on a 50,000-dollar bail during his May 1991 trial for the beating death of James Chartier.

He was arrested in Greece in February and sentenced on April 29, the result of an agreement allowing an Athens court to use records of testimony from his US trial, according to an FBI agent quoted by Reuters.