AUBURN | Dillian McIntosh has been busy.
Within the first seven months of 2012, the then 16-year-old appeared in Cayuga County Court to face charges concerning three crimes committed on three different occasions.
During his February appearance, McIntosh admitted stealing a motorcycle. During his June trip to court, he pleaded guilty to arson. On both occasions, Judge Mark Fandrich agreed to adjudicate the Auburn teenager as a youthful offender.
But for his third and most recent plea, the judge opted to treat McIntosh, now 17, as an adult.
In court Tuesday morning, Fandrich sentenced McIntosh, of 431 Melone Village, to spend six months in the Cayuga County Jail and serve five years of probation for stealing a car from a tow shop's lot.
District Attorney Jon Budelmann said McIntosh damaged the shop's fence when he stole the car from M & R Towing & Recovery Inc., of Auburn.
Although he said he sympathized with McIntosh's family history and recognized that the defendant claimed he took bath salts on the day he stole the car, Budelmann said the teenager needed to take responsibility for his actions — and his seven arrests.
"It's Mr. McIntosh's life and he has to decide how he wants to live it," he said. "It's going to be in his hands whether he comes back for an eighth time."
Joseph Sapio, McIntosh's defense attorney, said his client wasn't a malicious person.
"I see him as a good kid, a child who's easily led," Sapio said.
Before handing down McIntosh's sentence for third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny and ordering him to pay $1,469.97 restitution, Fandrich advised the teenager to amend his conduct.
"Whether it's drugs or whatever else is going on in your life, you've certainly gotten in a very serious amount of trouble in a short amount of time," the judge said. "Mr. McIntosh, I certainly hope you're able to turn your life around."
Also in court:
• Dashawn Russell faces up to seven years in prison after admitting selling and possessing cocaine.
The 37-year-old Syracuse man pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, both felonies, in satisfaction of the seven other charges listed on his two indictments.
Russell, of 203 Nichols Ave., told the court he knowingly stashed half an ounce of cocaine in his backpack while staying at his girlfriend's Auburn home. He also admitted selling cocaine, although he could not remember the exact dates of his illegal transactions.
• Jeffrey Blauvelt, 54, refuted allegations accusing him of possessing and selling drugs this past summer.
Blauvelt, of 6534 Town Hall Road, Auburn, pleaded not guilty to three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
His bail was set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.
• A 41-year-old Port Byron man denied charges accusing him of multiple weapons charges — including a sawed-off shotgun and silencer — and growing marijuana.
Robert Langworthy, of 8608 Wilsey Road, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a loaded firearm, second-degree criminal possession of a disguised gun, two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, all felonies, along with unlawfully growing cannabis and unlawful possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.
• An Auburn Correctional Facility inmate currently serving a 15-year-long sentence for robbery denied new prison-related charges.
Marino Padilla, 24, pleaded not guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony. He was remanded into custody without bail.