By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV New Hampshire Bureau Chief

CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — The 22-year manhunt for a New Hampshire fugitive is over.

Steven Kamberides, now 45, was arrested in Greece in February, but the FBI made the official announcement today.

Kamberides had been accused of beating his two-year-old stepson James Chartier to death in Nashua in 1989.

At his trial in 1991, Kamberides fled the country just one day before he was convicted.

Steven Kamberidis

Steven Kamberidis

The FBI said on Friday a tip came in a few years ago and they had been watching Kamberides since.

He was arrested while sitting in his car and was surprised the Americans were still looking for him, according to FBI Supervisory Special Agent for New Hampshire Kieran Ramsey.

Kamberides had been working in Greece at a family business.

Family members of young James, including his mother, attended the news conference but only his uncle Tim Grover spoke.

Grover thanked law enforcement for their efforts and said he hopes James “can rest in peace.”

The FBI said Greece typically does not extradite Greek nationals. So after the arrest, Kamberides was retried in Greek courts, convicted, and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

In 1991, he had been sentenced in absentia to at least 30 years.

Authorities say there may be an effort down the road to bring Kamberides to New Hampshire to face the additional 12 years.


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