Auburn man gets prison time for probation violation

2011-04-15T03:05:00Z Auburn man gets prison time for probation violationNate Robson The Citizen Auburn Citizen
April 15, 2011 3:05 am  • 

AUBURN — A 23-year-old Auburn man was sentenced to two concurrent prison sentences Thursday for the statutory rape of a 15-year-old girl during a party and for violating his felony probation for a prior driving while intoxicated conviction.

Neil Burt, of 24 Augustus St., admitted in Cayuga County Court Thursday that he had sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old during a party on Oct. 2 on Perrine Street in Auburn.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Burt and the 15-year-old both told investigators they were intoxicated at the party.

In exchange for pleading guilty, Burt was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision. Burt will also have to register as a sex offender.

Burt was also sentenced to one to three years in prison for violating his felony probation for driving without a license, aggravated driving while intoxicated and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Burt violated probation by failing to report to his probation officer.

Burt declined to address the court when given a chance to comment.

Also in court:

• An Auburn woman was sentenced to a year in prison for giving her prescription medication to her 16-year-old son and his 22-year-old friend.

Deborah Hale, 45, originally faced up to two years in prison for her first criminal conviction and could have potentially received straight probation.

Judge Thomas Leone imposed the one-year sentence after he said he was disappointed Hale did not address the court when given a chance to speak.

Hale’s son did speak to the court and recounted how he and his friend pressured Hale to give them her drugs. The 22-year-old’s father sent a letter to the court criticizing Hale’s actions. Hale was arrested after the 22-year-old overdosed on the drugs and had to receive medical treatment at the hospital, Budelmann said.

• Kevin Smith, 42, of 20 Mary St., Auburn, pleaded not guilty to violating his felony probation by getting into a domestic dispute.

Smith was placed on felony probation in 2009 for second-degree assault after he admitted to punching and breaking a 73-year-old man’s jaw during a road-rage incident.

• Jovan  Thompson, 24, of 540 Main St., Aurora, pleaded not guilty to violating his felony burglary probation by failing to pay restitution and by failing to report to probation officers on seven occasions since January.

• Corddereal Tompkins, of 15243 Route 104, Martville, pleaded not guilty to violating his felony sex abuse and larceny probation by getting charged with petit larceny and trespassing.

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