Former city man sentenced

LOCKPORT – A Western New York man who fled the state before being convicted of sex abuse has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Buffalo media outlets report that 47-year-old Paul Turley of Dunkirk was sentenced Friday in Niagara County Court, where his trial was underway in January when he left the courtroom and didn’t return.

Turley failed to reappear in Niagara County court after lunch during jury selection on Jan. 23. Both he and his wife Diane were found together Feb. 22 in Tucson, Ariz. at the mobile home of a former Western New York resident. Marshals had followed the Turleys’ trail through Michigan, Wisconsin and New Mexico before taking him into custody in Tucson.

After taking off, Turley was found guilty of sexually abusing two young girls – one his stepniece, the other his stepdaughter – in North Tonawanda during the 1990s.

The victims, who are now 22, didn’t report the allegations against Turley to North Tonawanda police until 2011.

Diane Turley, 51, of Lily Dale, surrendered to Lockport police April 2 and was arraigned on a charge of second-degree hindering prosecution.