- Attorney General Office to request extradition of Hillbroom for violation of probation
The Attorney General’s Office will request the extradition of DHL heir Larry “Imeong” Hillbroom Jr. after he violated a condition of his probation following his arrest in Idaho, United States when he was supposed to be in California to undergo therapy.
The AGO will seek a 30-year jail term against Hillbroom for violating his probation following his failure to go directly to the rehabilitation center in California approved by the court and government prosecutors.
Hillbroom left for California on December 28 to undergo addiction therapy but according to Assistant Attorney General Graham Leach, the DHL heir was arrested at Idaho airport for no-contact order violation of his previous U.S. case.
According to a news report published in Idaho-base Hagadone News Network, Hillbroom was charged in 2012 with domestic violence.
The report said that a judge entered “an order forbidding him from contacting the alleged victim.”
Hillbroom was convicted in June of trafficking methamphetamine here and went on the run in July after failing a drugs test while on probation.
In September, instead of a jail term for violation of probation, Associate Justice Lourdes Materne issued a judgment allowing Hillbroom to leave Palau for treatment because of his wealth and the lack of rehabilitation programs on the island.
Prosecutors asked for a 30-year sentence but Materne said Hillbroom’s wealth meant he was in a unique position to seek treatment that was unavailable in Palau.
Under the probation, Hillbroom was supposed to go to Los Angeles, California for a six-month rehabilitation program at an institution called Recover Integrity.
Instead, Hillbroom “violated the condition of his probation” by failing to go to California for the in-patient addiction therapy, AAG Leach said in a phone interview.
Here in Palau, Materne in September warned Hillbroom that he would go to jail for 30 years if he did not complete the rehabilitation program or fail another drug test after returning to Palau.
Hillbroom, who holds US and Palau passports, is the son of the late Larry Hillbloom, co-founder of the freight giant DHL, although their surnames are spelled differently.
He is one of four illegitimate children sired by Hillblom and successfully sued for a share of the billionaire businessman’s fortune after Hillblom died in a plane crash in 1995.
Hillbroom used to reside in the U.S. and was visiting Palau in 2016 when he was arrested for allegedly arranging for two women to smuggle methamphetamine from the Philippines to Palau. (Bernadette H. Carreon)