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Pennsylvania Homicide Suspect Is Sentenced to Decades Behind Bars for Kidnapping

A homicide suspect who escaped from a northwestern Pennsylvania prison last year and was on the run for more than a week before a pet dog led to his recapture has been sentenced to decades in prison.

Michael Burham, 35, was sentenced Friday in Warren County Court to serve from 25-plus years to 50-plus years after pleading guilty in November to charges in the July escape and the earlier kidnapping of a Pennsylvania couple.

Judge Gregory Hammond called Burham a “grave threat to the public” who would “do anything to anybody” to maintain his freedom, the (Warren) Times-Observer reported. Hammond said the 89-year-old and 68-year-old kidnapping victims, retraumatized by his escape, “will never completely recover” and the escape “has had a greater negative impact on the community” than anything else he could think of.

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