ITHACA, N.Y.—Jeremiah Jordan was sentenced to 20 years to life in New York State Prison on Aug. 25 in connection with his conviction of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Tompkins County District Attorney Matthew Van Houten, who also prosecuted the case, announced sentencing details Aug. 30. 

Jordan stabbed Monroe in the throat and slashed his neck in the early morning hours of October 28, 2022 along the Six Mile Creek Walk in Ithaca. Subsequently, he disposed of the murder weapon and glove he was wearing in a nearby dumpster. 

Jordan was found guilty of the two charges by a jury of 16 county residents July 19 while the family of victim Michael Monroe filled the first two rows of the gallery.

The prosecution sought the maximum sentence, which is 25 years to life, and asked the court to impose consecutive sentences for the two felony convictions.

“Under the circumstances of this brutal murder, I strongly believe that Jeremiah Jordan should have received the maximum sentence of 25 to life,” Van Houten said in a statement from his office. “Jeremiah Jordan’s unprovoked and senseless act of violence caused Michael’s family immeasurable pain that no court proceeding can ever come close to addressing.” 

He said Monroe’s mother and niece both spoke at the sentencing hearing and that he was “grateful” because “the defendant [Jordan] needed to hear that Michael was a kind and gentle person who was loved and supported by his family.” 

County Court Judge John Rowley sentenced Jordan and Ithaca attorneys Michael Perehinec and Joseph Kirby represented Jordan. 

The Ithaca Voice is awaiting comment from the defense team if they intend to appeal. 

Judy Lucas is a General Assignment Reporter for The Ithaca Voice. Have a story idea? Comment or question? You can reach me at or on Twitter @judy__lucas.