Convicted kidnapper and rapist Christopher Block pleaded guilty to cutting off his ankle bracelet at his parole revocation hearing on Tuesday morning in exchange for jail time.
Block cut his ankle bracelet off in Skaneateles on July 11, alarming many local neighbors and setting off a frantic search by law enforcement. He was caught after a 35-hour search when officials found him sleeping in the woods near the Skaneateles Country Club.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) did not say how long Block would go back to jail.
He had previously served 34 years of a 50-year prison sentence for kidnapping, rape, sexual abuse, burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, according to state prison records, and had been recently released on parole in December 2018 after being denied release five times.
Onondaga County Sheriff Eugene Conway sat in on the revocation hearing Tuesday and says Block told the Administrative Law judge that he cut off his ankle bracelet because he was trying to get away from a gang in Syracuse that had wrongly accused of him “of something.”
“He felt in danger and decided to leave that residence. Since he was from the Camillus area he knew the Skaneateles area and knew it was wooded. He decided to go out to Skaneateles, cut off the bracelet to quote ‘get away’,” said Conway.