AUBURN | When Allen Burns attacked a former girlfriend last fall, he made sure to leave his mark.

Along with smashing his victim's head into a door frame in September 2011, Burns dragged a knife across her thigh and choked her, leaving bruises on her neck.

For torturing the woman for what Assistant District Attorney Heather De Stefano said amounted to hours on two separate occasions, Burns was sentenced Tuesday to spend up to eight years in prison.

Following a jury trial — where the court heard testimony from Burns and his victim — the 29-year-old Auburn man was convicted of three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, four counts of second-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and several violations.

Burns was sentenced to spend 1 1/3 to four years in prison for the Sept. 12 incident and 1 1/3 to four years for the Sept. 27 incident. His sentences for the two incidents are set to run consecutively.

After sentencing Burns, Judge Mark Fandrich said the defendant's acts of domestic violence deserved punishment.

"Both incidents extremely serious," Fandrich said. "Both incidents could have had deadly consequences."

Also in court:

• A 16-year-old Elbridge boy faces six months in the Cayuga County Jail for attacking and injuring two men in Auburn on Aug. 15, stealing cash and prescription drugs from the victims.

Orlando Caban, of 107 Locust Lane, pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery, a violent felony, admitting that after a night of sharing a Gatorade bottled filled with alcohol, he and three friends approached, punching and robbed the victims.

The teenager said he was "sobering down" at the time of the robbery, explaining he was not blaming alcohol for his actions.

Due to his age and lack of criminal history, Fandrich said he would consider sentencing Caban to serve the shock portion of his sentence on weekends to allow the defendant a chance to attend school.

• In exchange for a promised sentence ranging from shock probation to shock incarceration, Nicholas Wagar admitted stealing credit card numbers from customers who purchased food from his former employer in April to illegally purchase cellphone service.

The 26-year-old Auburn man pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and third-degree identity theft, a misdemeanor, admitting he used one victim's credit card 15 times.

Fandrich said his sentencing decision will be based on whether or not Wagar, of 6737 Fosterville Road, finishes in-patient treatment for a drug addiction.

• Jeffrey Janack faces spending up to seven years in prison after admitting he and a co-defendant broke into three Sempronius homes in August hoping to steal money to buy drugs.

The 45-year-old Homer man pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary, a felony, in exchange for a promised sentence of 3 1/2 to seven years behind bars. Janack, of 21 James St., agreed to pay a currently undetermined amount of restitution.

• Harry Hurst, 32, of 9 Venice St., Auburn, will spend up to 4 1/2 years in prison for possessing 21 packets of crack cocaine while crossing a busy street holding an open container of beer.

Hurst was also sentenced to serve two years post-release supervision for third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony.

• Christopher Bodner was sentenced to spend six months in CCJ for breaking into the Auburn Ale House in March and stealing $860. Bodner, 44, of 36 Franklin St., Auburn, must also serve five years probation.

• A level two sex offender denied charges accusing him of failing to register his new address in a timely fashion. Anthony Thomas, 38, of 113 Park Place, Auburn, is out on $1,000 bail.

Thomas was labeled a level-two offender after he was convicted of misdemeanor sexual misconduct for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

• Charles Short, 28, denied charges accusing him of repeatedly hitting a man in the head with a golf club last October while children were present.

Short, of 280 Wheat St., Cayuga, pleaded not guilty to first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He is out of jail on a $10,000 bond.

Last week, Steven Short — Charles Short's 31-year-old brother — denied holding the man down while his younger brother beat the man, pleading not guilty to second-degree assault, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

• John Young III, 34, of 130 Owasco St., Auburn, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. Young was remanded to the CCJ in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

• A 25-year-old New York City man denied causing $570 worth of damage to someone else's property in April. Isaac Nesbitt, of 3150 Broadway St., pleaded not guilty to third-degree criminal mischief, a felony. He was remanded into custody in lieu of $500 bail.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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