AUBURN — An Auburn man was sentenced to probation and community service Tuesday after the police officer he assaulted asked the court to spare him any incarceration.
Earlier this year, 22-year-old Steven Felder was arrested for punching an Auburn officer outside a bar.
According to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, at around 2 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, officers responded to a complaint at Auburn Ale House where Felder and his wife were involved in a "mini riot."
As officers took control of the scene, Felder's wife was placed under arrest. That's when the defendant revolted, Budelmann said, punching an officer in the face and breaking his glasses.
Felder, however, told another story.
"I was protecting my wife from a police officer," Felder said at a court appearance this summer. "He punched my wife ... and I lashed out."
Budelmann said there has been no proof that any officer hit Felder's wife. Regardless, Felder's defense attorney, Sam Tamburo, said Felder should not have assaulted the officer outside the Genesee Street bar.
"He came to his wife's aid, but got out of control," Tamburo said.
In July, Felder pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony. And on Tuesday, he faced Judge Mark Fandrich for sentencing.
Felder, of 6 Brookfield Place, could have received up to 1 1/3 to four years in prison for the crime. However, Tamburo said the injured officer actually vouched for Felder and asked the court to consider community service.
"The officer really cut Mr. Felder some slack here," Tamburo said at the time of Felder's plea. "He didn't want to see (Felder) in jail."
When asked if he was sorry for what happened, Felder responded with three words: "Pretty much. Yeah."
Fandrich sentenced Felder to five years probation and 35 hours of community service. He will be required to complete that service by Dec. 15.
Also in court:
• An Auburn woman has admitted to conspiring to sell Xanax late last year.
Charlyn Laderer, 48, of 13 West St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony. She also admitted to one count of fifth-degree conspiracy, a class A misdemeanor.
During her plea, Laderer told Judge Fandrich that she conspired with 28-year-old Gary Hamm to sell Alprazolam pills last November. Alprazolam is a generic form of Xanax.
"My role was to give (Hamm) my pills and he would sell them," she said.
Budelmann said the pair sold around 30 pills in Auburn. As a condition of her plea, he told Laderer she would have to "fully cooperate" against her co-defendant. Laderer agreed.
Laderer could face up to 2 1/2 years in prison for the sale; however, the judge agreed to sentence her to no worse than shock probation. She will remain in Cayuga County Jail pending sentencing Nov. 14.
Meanwhile, Hamm also appeared in Cayuga County Court Tuesday morning. He was arraigned on a sealed indictment and pleaded not guilty to fifth-degree conspiracy, fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Hamm was remanded to jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. He is currently incarcerated at Jamesville Correctional Facility on separate charges.