Schryver sentenced to additional two years in prison for probation violations

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Van C. Schryver, who spent all of his 20s and most of his 30s in prison after an armed police standoff in Old Lyme and courthouse gun incident in 2000, will spend at least another year in prison for probation violations.

Within three months of his release in April 2018 following an 18 year prison stint, Schryver's probation officer was writing out a warrant alleging Schryver, who is now 37, had missed mental health appointments, failed to show up for drug testing, been discharged from group therapy for disruptive and sexually inappropriate behavior and tested positive for alcohol.

He absconded from a Bridgeport halfway house, lied about obtaining a job at a corner store and left for parts unknown without notifying his probation officer, according to the warrant, which was signed by a state Superior Court judge on June 27, 2018.

Schryver, who is being held at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution, admitted Tuesday in New London Superior Court that he had violated his probation. His attorney, Linda J. Sullivan, and prosecutor Lawrence J. Tytla, worked out a deal that will give him another opportunity at freedom after two years of incarceration, while ensuring he is supervised by the Office of Adult Probation for five years following his release. Judge Hillary B. Strackbein imposed the sentence of two years in prison, suspended after one year served, followed by five years of probation.

It is unclear whether the state of Vermont will prosecute Schryver for crimes he allegedly committed after absconding from the Bridgeport halfway house last year. Schryver turned up in Brattleboro, Vt., on June 30,  2018, where the Brattleboro Reformer newspaper reported he was charged with forcing his roommates to strip and pointing a gun at them over the alleged theft of $3,000 in drug money.

A state's attorney for Windham County, Vt., said by phone last month that the charges were dismissed "without prejudice," so that Schryver could be extradited to Connecticut to face the probation violation charges, but that the state of Vermont may reinstate its charges at a later date.

At age 18, Schryver engaged state police in an armed standoff at the Florence Griswold Museum, then threatened court staff days later with a gun he pulled out of his size 14 sneaker.

Editor's Note: This article corrects Schryver's sentence.


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