Middleburg man sentenced for church break-ins

MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man will not go to state prison for several church burglaries last year. According to Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch, 20-year-old John Shaffer was sentenced to 9 to 23 months in county prison, plus 8 years of probation.  He must also pay court costs and more than $10,000 in restitution to the involved churches.  He will also need to complete 600 hours of community service.

Due to credit for time served since his arrest, Shaffer was placed on parole. Shaffer is accused of breaking into churches including St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Beavertown, Grace Reform Church in Adams Township, St. Paul’s Erdley’s Lutheran Church in Jackson Township and Zion United Methodist Church in Center Township. He was found in Florida, where he fled to after learning police were after him for the burglaries.






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