Murder Suspect Jailed Up to 50 Years for Kidnapping, Subsequent Escape from Warren County Prison

January 5, 2024 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Michelle Henry announced today that Michael Burham was sentenced to 3 ½ years to 7 years in prison for his escape from Warren County Prison, where he was incarcerated after being charged with crimes related to an incident in which he kidnapped an older couple. Burham is also currently under investigation for murder in New York.

The Office of Attorney General prosecuted Burham, 34, for the prison escape. The Warren County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the kidnapping case. A judge ordered a 21 years and 8 months to 43 years and 4 months sentence in the kidnapping case.

Burham was ordered to serve an aggregate sentence of 25 years and 2 months to 50 years and 4 months.

“The defendant used all possible means to escape the consequences of his actions,” said Attorney General Henry. “Today, thanks to hard work and collaboration between our office and the Pennsylvania State Police, the Warren County District Attorney’s Office, and the City of Warren Police Department, Michael Burham will be held accountable for his many crimes.”

On July 6, 2023, Burham climbed on top of exercise equipment and exited the prison yard through a grated metal roof. He then slid down a rope that he had made of bedsheets. He was a fugitive until Pennsylvania State Police captured him on July 15.

This case was referred to the Office of Attorney General by the Warren County District Attorney’s Office. It was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Evan Lowry and Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Serrano.



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