The fugitive former aide to ex-Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan was shot lifeless Monday evening throughout a confrontation with federal authorities.
Roy McGrath’s demise put an finish to a three-week-long manhunt for him that started after he fled before the start of his trial for wire fraud, embezzlement, misconduct in workplace and improper use of state funds final month.
FBI brokers discovered McGrath close to Knoxville, Tenn., at round 6:30 p.m. Monday, and he was shot and killed in the course of the confrontation, based on his lawyer and federal authorities, the Baltimore Banner reports.
It’s unclear if gunfire from the brokers or a self-inflicted wound killed the previous Maryland governor’s chief of workers.
The FBI didn’t instantly reply to The Put up’s request for remark.
“It’s an absolute tragedy, the lack of Roy McGrath’s life and the unlucky occasions which have transpired over the previous three weeks,” Joseph Murtha, McGrath’s lawyer, informed the Baltimore Banner.
“Roy McGrath by no means wavered about his innocence,” he added.
Federal legislation enforcement officers had put up a $20,000 reward for data resulting in the arrest of McGrath, who had been missing since March 13 when he skipped a court docket date in Baltimore, main US District Choose Deborah Boardman to concern an arrest warrant.
Prosecutors allege that McGrath, the previous head of the Maryland Environmental Service, falsified paperwork and fraudulently obtained a severance cost of $233,647 when he left his put up at Maryland Environmental Service to take the job as Hogan’s chief of workers in 2020.
He served 11 weeks as Hogan’s chief of workers earlier than resigning in August 2020.
The Naples, Fla., resident had beforehand pleaded not responsible to all fees in October 2021.
A decide granted McGrath pre-trial launch on the situation that he seem for future court docket dates.