An American fugitive convicted of several vicious attacks on women in Halifax will face a second dangerous offender hearing next year.

In November, 29-year-old William Chandler Shrubsall was found guilty of a brutal sexual assault at a Halifax fraternity house. In 1998 he picked up a woman at a downtown bar, choked her, beat her, and tried to rape her.

Next September the crown will ask that he be declared a dangerous offender in connection with that case. If the judge agrees, Shrubsall would be jailed until he is considered to be no longer a threat.

That will be his second dangerous offender hearing.

The first is scheduled for February in connection with two previous convictions for an aggravated sexual assault, including an assault on a store clerk with a baseball bat.

Shrubsall is originally from Niagara Falls, New York where he was convicted of killing his mother with a baseball bat in 1988. He served 16 months for that crime.

Eight years later he was convicted of sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl and fled the country. The United States wants to extradite him.