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Fugitive sentenced for Syracuse-area crime spree

An inmate who allegedly escaped from a Kentucky jail before his crime spree in Salina and Clay will spend the next 10 years behind bars in a New York prison.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – An inmate who allegedly escaped from a Kentucky jail before his crime spree in Salina and Clay will spend the next 10 years behind bars in a New York prison.

After a decade in New York, Kentucky and Tennessee – where he is also wanted – will be allowed to file extradition requests if they still want to bring Luis Dechoudens to justice.

On Tuesday, Dechoudens was convicted of two counts of burglary in the second degree – which carry sentences of 10 years in prison and seven years of post-release supervision – as well as one count of grand larceny in the third degree – which carries a sentence of two and a half to seven years in prison.

He will serve all three sentences concurrently.

In August, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dechoudens and another man in connection to a rash of burglaries in Syracuse’s northern suburbs.

They said Dechoudens was wanted after he escaped from Christian County Jail in Kentucky – a facility from which no one had escaped since it opened in 1994.

Deputies say they initially encountered Dechoudens walking through the Pitcher Hill area of North Syracuse on Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

They were investigating a series of burglaries in the area.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, when deputies approached Dechoudens, he ran on foot through backyards in an attempt to elude them and was caught shortly after.

Deputies say that Dechoudens attempted to unlock his restraints while being interviewed at the Sheriff’s Head Quarters Building and also damaged the wall of an interview room in an attempt to escape.

Dechoudens allegedly gave detectives a fictitious name in an attempt to hide his true identity.

A host of officers arrived in court with Dechoudens because of his tendency to try to escape police.

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