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Matthew Joseph Haarhoff

Cynthia Jean McKay – convicted, sentenced to 30 years in prison
Christopher James Haarhoff – pled guilty, sentenced to 5 years (accessory after the fact)
Matthew Joseph Haarhoff – pled guilty, sentenced to jail time and probation (accessory)



Last Name: DOWNS
First Name: CYNTHIA
Middle Name: JEAN
Date of Birth: 03/09/1956
DOC ID: 920363
Maryland Correctional Institution for Women

Address: 7943 Brock Bridge Road, Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: 877-280-1185



Middle Name: JAMES
Date of Birth: 06/22/1986
DOC ID: 348260

Brockbridge Correctional Facility

Address: 7930 Brock Bridge Road, Jessup, MD 20794
Phone: 866-219-1161


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