Governors urge man’s extradition
Jackson, Wyo. — The governors of Wyoming and Michigan are trying to speed up extradition of a 94-year-old Michigan man investigators say molested children at a Wyoming youth camp decades ago.
Bill Bricker faces three counts in Wyoming of taking immoral acts with a child. Two men and one woman claim Bricker molested them when they were children at the Teton Valley Ranch Camp in the 1960s and 1980s, Teton County sheriff’s officials allege.
Bricker was a volunteer at the camp at the time. Now, citing his age and failing health, Bricker’s attorneys are fighting his extradition to Wyoming.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead formally asked Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this month to order Bricker to Wyoming to stand trial. As of Wednesday, a governor’s warrant issued by Snyder on Dec. 16 hadn’t been acted on by representatives of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, the Jackson Hole News & Guide reports.
“The subject is now expected to be arrested, arraigned and ordered extradited back to Wyoming,” said Snyder spokesman Dave Murray said.
Grand Traverse County sheriff’s officials didn’t immediately return messages Saturday.
Bricker was arrested in September and still can be brought to trial in Teton County because Wyoming doesn’t have a statute of limitations for charges of immoral acts with a child. Lawyers representing Bricker have said he is in hospice care and a trip to Wyoming could be fatal to their client.
On Dec. 4, a Michigan judge ordered that Bricker complete an evaluation to determine his competency to appear in court. The following day, Mead sent a formal letter with the requisite legal paperwork asking Snyder to intervene.
Bricker volunteered for the camp for more than 50 years while it was located in Kelly in Jackson Hole. He quit volunteering in 2001, soon after the camp moved to Dubois under new management.