NY - Sullivan County Man Sentenced To Prison For Stealing Torah Scroll From Synagogue
MONTICELLO - A Liberty man was sentenced in Sullivan County Court Thursday to prison for possessing a Torah stolen last December from the Landfield Avenue Synagogue.
Judge Mike McGuire sentenced Christopher Colvill, 41, to 3 to 6 years in prison and fined him $5,000. McGuire called Colvill “insensitive” for taking the sacred scroll in a scheme to obtain a $6,000 reward. No members of the synagogue attended the sentencing.
Colvill, a laborer and registered sex offender who once did jobs for the synagogue, said he was sorry. “I understand the spiritual and the emotional implications and I am deeply sorry,” he said.
But McGuire said he doubted that Colvill truly understood how deeply he had wounded the congregation and offended the community.
The Torah, valued at around $35,000, was stolen along with about $200 in charity money from the synagogue around Dec. 30. After a multi-agency police investigation, it was found undamaged on Jan. 24 at a home where Colvill was staying.