Man convicted of sex abuse in Niagara County in ’90s pleads guilty to bail jumping


LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — William Shrubsall, the man who killed his mother more than 30 years ago, and later fled to Canada before learning his sentence on unrelated sex abuse charges, pleaded guilty to jumping bail Thursday in a Lockport courtroom.

William Shrubsall was convicted of sexual abuse in Niagara County in the 1990s but fled before he could be taken to prison. He was accused of faking his own death, and entering Canada.

While there, he continued to break the law. Shrubsall was in a Canadian prison until January 2019, when he was paroled and deported back to Niagara County to begin serving his two-and-a-third to seven year sentence on the sexual abuse conviction.

Shrubsall first made headlines when be beat his mother to death a day before his high school graduation. He was convicted of manslaughter in 1989.

In court Thursday, the judge indicated he would sentence Shrubsall to no more than two to six years in prison on the charges he pleaded guilty to. Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek. said she expects that sentence will be added on to the time he is currently serving.

“It’s our position that he is an extremely dangerous man,” said Wojtaszek. “It was important for our office to ensure that a sentence be tacked on to his current sentence so the publican can be safe for that much longer.”

Shrubsall is expected to be sentenced in March.

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