Christopher Block parole violation hearing set for Tuesday

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Christopher Block, the convicted kidnapper and rapist who lead police on a two-day manhunt in Skaneateles, is scheduled for his parole revocation hearing on Tuesday. 

Whatever unfolds at the hearing won’t be seen by the public or members of the press, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff.

The hearing is the closest Block will come to a trial for breaking out of his GPS-monitor ankle bracelet last month, leading police on a two-day manhunt in southern Onondaga and Cayuga Counties.

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. 

At Block’s hearing, he’ll likely be asked why he cut off his bracelet and what his plans where once escaped. 

Block will not face new criminal charges, but he’ll likely be sent back to prison.

The parole revocation hearing will be held at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Downtown Syracuse, where Block is in jail.

According to state law, parole revocation hearing 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. 

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