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  • Subject of Corning manhunt last summer accepts plea deal

  • Robert Rouille, the subject of a police manhunt on Corning's Southside last summer, has agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for eight years, prosecutors say.
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  • Robert Rouille, the subject of a police manhunt on Corning's Southside last summer, has agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for eight years, prosecutors say.
    Rouille, 33, broke into a home in Southport on Aug. 15, threatening a woman with a .38 caliber handgun in an attempt to collect money he felt he was owed, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
    Two days later, he fled a traffic stop on State Route 352 in Corning near Wegmans, which touched off a manhunt on the city's Southside involving multiple law enforcement agencies using canine units and a helicopter. Residents received warning calls from 911, warning them of an armed and dangerous fugitive in the city.
    Rouille managed to escape Corning, but was tracked down 10 days later hiding out in a mobile home in the Binghamton area.
    On Friday, Rouille accepted a plea deal on a first-degree attempted robbery charge in Chemung County Court that will send him to state prison for eight years, said Chemung County Chief Assistant District Attorney John Thweatt.
    He also pled guilty to a cocaine possession charge from March 2013 in exchange for a sentence of 3.5 years in prison, but that will be served concurrently with the attempted robbery sentence, Thweatt said.
    Sentencing on both is tentatively set for Feb. 10, Thweatt said.
    Meanwhile, Rouille - who is being held in the Steuben County Jail in Bath - also has charges pending in Steuben County.
    He is facing a felony charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police allegedly found heroin in the vehicle Rouille was riding in when he fled the traffic stop in Corning. The charge indicates intent to sell the drug.
    Rouille is also facing a third-degree criminal mischief charge, a felony, for damaging a window at the Steuben County Jail.
    Now that a plea deal has been reached on the charges in Chemung County, there may be negotiations on a plea deal for the charges in Steuben, said Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.
    If an agreement is not reached with Rouille's attorney, the case will proceed toward a trial, Baker said.
    Rouille's criminal record includes a manslaughter conviction at age 15 for a fatal stabbing on Elmira's east side.

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