Afton man sentenced to state prison for multiple house burglaries

NORWICH – An Afton man who police believe committed more than 30 burglaries in the southern part of Chenango County was sentenced to state prison Friday, only a week after the judge found his father not guilty of being involved in the crimes.

Confirming a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Supreme Court Judge Kevin M. Dowd sentenced 22-year-old Matthew M. Snyder to four years in state prison.

Snyder pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree burglary in the deal, but admitted on the stand, during his father’s bench trial, that he had committed at least 11 home invasions in the Afton area.

Chenango County District Attorney Joseph A. McBride said he and state police investigators believe Snyder was actually involved in as many as 30 burglaries between 2005 and 2007.

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