William Shrubsall behind bars in Niagara County after being released from a Canadian prison


A Niagara Falls man who was recently released by a Canadian parole board after serving time for violent crimes and deported back to the U.S. has been arrested on multiple warrants out of Niagara County. 

William C. Shrubsall, aka Ethan Macleod, 47, was granted full parole for deportation by the Parole Board of Canada in November. He had been serving an indeterminate sentence for a number of violent convictions, including robbery, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault, and forcible confinement. 

The charges were related to three separate incidents that happened in Nova Scotia. 

Shrubsall, who has legally changed his name to Ethan Simon Templar Macleod, was arrested on three separate Niagara County Court warrants for first degree sodomy, first degree sexual abuse, unlawfully dealing with a child, first degree bail jumping, and second degree criminal contempt. 

Shrubsall had been convicted in May 1996 of first and third degree sexual abuse and sentenced that November to 2 1/3 to seven years in prison in absentia, as he left a suicide note and failed to appear in court for closing arguments in his trial. 

Canadian Border Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and New York State Police assisted the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office into taking him into custody. 

Shrubsall also pleaded guilty to manslaughter for beating his mother to death in 1989. 

After his release from prison in the 90’s, Shrubsall sexually assaulted a teenage girl in Niagara Falls. Before his sentencing, police say Shrubsall faked his own death and escaped to Canada.


He is being held at the Niagara County Correctional Center pending further proceedings. Here is a video of him entering the Niagara County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon:

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