- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Officials say a New Jersey man who fled Northern Ireland decades ago after serving prison time and was facing deportation has been granted a reprieve.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell said Thursday that Malachy McAllister of Rutherford received a reprieve from Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson that will allow him to stay in the U.S. until at least March 2017.

McAllister served a three-year sentence in Northern Ireland in connection with the shooting of a British police officer. He says he fled with his family after shots were fired into his home.

A federal appeals judge upheld his asylum denial in 2006, but his deportation was later put on hold until April 25.

Pascrell, a Democrat, says he’ll continue working toward a long-term resolution of the case.

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