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McAfee Supposedly to Get Out of Jail

McAfee, who’s been living in Belize for the last three or four years, supposedly wants to return to the US

John McAfee, the odd founder of the antivirus house Intel now owns, may get out of jail in Guatemala after foiling the cops in Belize where he was wanted for questioning in the murder of his neighbor on Ambergris Caye, an island off Belize's Caribbean coast.

McAfee claimed the neighbor Gregory Faull poisoned his dogs and that corrupt Belizean authorities are persecuting him, making him fear for his life. He says he refused to donate to local politicians, which sent him on the run for three weeks. He claims he had nothing to do with the murder.

The AP reports being told that a judge has ordered his release after finding he was illegally detained by Guatemalan immigration for sneaking into the country last week. At least that's what McAfee's lawyer said or at least he said be had oral confirmation McAfee would be freed but still needed paperwork from the judge. The judge reportedly gave the millionaire 10 days to put his immigration status in order.

McAfee, who's been living in Belize for the last three or four years, supposedly wants to return to the US "to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim [and] enjoy my declining years," but it wasn't clear if he could get a transit visa to allow him to leave Guatemala with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend. His lawyer Telesforo Guerra said that would be his client's best option. "In Guatemala, he runs the risk that anything could happen to him."

Apparently he has also managed to sell off movie rights to his life story to a Canadian production company.

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