SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Convicted rapist and kidnapper Christopher Block will go back to state prison after cutting off his ankle bracelet in July and hiding from police for two days in Skaneateles.
Block attended a parole revocation hearing Tuesday morning at the Onondaga County Justice Center, where he sits in jail until being transferred to a state prison.
A spokesperson for the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision tells NewsChannel 9:
“At a parole revocation hearing this morning, parolee Christopher Block entered a plea of guilty in exchange for a period of incarceration. The disposition is not final until a written decision is issued by the Administrative Law Judge. The parolee remains in the custody of the Onondaga County Sheriff.”Thomas Mailey, DOCCS Spokesperson
The exact amount of time Block will serve in prison hasn’t been determined.
Block was found hiding in a wooded area just off a fairway of the Skaneateles County Club, less than a mile from where his torn-off bracelet was found. On Tuesday, he told the judge he wanted to get away because he feared for his own safety, feeling threatened by a gang in Syracuse, so he hit the road towards Camillus, where he once lived, and ended up in Skaneateles, where he camped out for two days.
According to state law, parole revocation hearings are open to the public and members of the press, but only at the discretion of the people who manage where the hearing is held. In Block’s case, the decision is up to Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway, who oversees the justice center.
Sheriff Conway rejected NewsChannel 9’s request to attend the hearing, citing logistical limitations of opening a secure area of the jail to reporters.
On Tuesday afternoon, Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway held a press briefing to discuss the outcome of parolee Christopher Block’s parole revocation proceeding. You can watch that video below.