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A man whose killings include bludgeoning his roommate to death with a sledgehammer has been declared a dangerous offender in a British Columbia court.

Sixty-four-year-old Thomas McDonald will serve an indeterminate sentence after he confessed during an undercover police sting to a fatal 1981 shooting in northeastern B.C.

McDonald was convicted 30 years later of shooting and killing Earl Jones after a bar-room confrontation in Dawson Creek, and then immediately escaping to the United States.

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He was deported from the U.S. in 2002 and moved to the United Kingdom, where he used a sledgehammer to kill a roommate he allegedly found rifling through his belongings.

McDonald was granted parole under strict terms in 2007, but escaped to Canada.

Police learned of his return two years later and set up a sting leading to his 2011 conviction, three decades after he killed Jones in Dawson Creek.

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