UPDATE: An Owego man has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing a woman in her home earlier this month.

John Prentice, 40, was arrested on June 23 by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office in connection to the murder of 62-year-old Laurie Hawthorne. The Sheriff’s Office started the investigation on June 19 when deputies were called to a Hawthorne’s home on Campbell Hill Road and found her dead with two gunshot wounds inside.

Prentice was charged with 2nd-degree Murder. He was taken to the Tioga County Jail to await CAP Court arraignment.

New York State Police Troop C Major Crimes, NYSP Forensic Identification Unit, the Tioga County District Attorney and the Tioga County Coroner all assisted with the investigation.


TIOGA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office is looking for more information into the death of a woman earlier this month.

The Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating the death of 62-year-old Laurie Hawthorne at 184 Campbell Hill Road in the Town of Tioga. According to the release from the sheriff’s office, the investigation is concentrated between June 1 and June 19, 2022.

Officials didn’t release any details on the case. Anyone with information about Hawthorne’s death is asked to contact the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office in any of the following ways: