Schuyler County burglar sentenced in absentia
A serial burglar who skipped court last week and is still on the run has been sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for three Schuyler County break-ins.
Police are still searching for Matthew Voorhees, 32, of Meads Hill Road, Watkins Glen. He was scheduled to be sentenced last week on three burglary convictions but did not show up for court. Judge Dennis Morris sentenced Voorhees on Thursday without him present.
In October, Voorhees was convicted of burglaries in Tyrone, Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. Despite a looming prison sentence, Voorhees was allowed to remain free on $5,000 bail.
On Thursday, Assistant District Attorney John Tunney asked for a sentence of at least 30 years - the maximum prison sentence Voorhees could have received was 45 years - but Morris ordered Voorhees to serve three concurrent 15-year sentences.
Voorhees had at least three prior burglary convictions; he was sentenced to 3.5-6 years in prison in 1999 on burglary charges.
Anyone with information about Voorhees’ whereabouts should contact the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 535-8222.By John Zick
Posted Dec 14, 2012 @ 03:39 PM