Man Sentenced for Breaking Into Prisons

NEW YORK (AP) -

A man with previous convictions was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly using phony credentials to gain entry into New York City jails.

Matthew Matagrano, of Yonkers, pleaded guilty last month to posing as a correction officer and sneaking into the Manhattan Detention Center. He also tried to get inside multiple city lockups, including Rikers Island, where he mingled with inmates for hours.

During one of those visits, on Feb. 27, the 36-year-old Matagrano assaulted an inmate and stole a $2,500 walkie-talkie. He also handed out cigarettes to inmates. He said he repeatedly sneaked into jails because the people inside were “nice” and made him “feel important.”