AUBURN | An Auburn man will spend up to four years behind bars after admitting he violated an order of protection by cutting the mother of his children during a fight.
In exchange for a promised sentence of two to four years in prison, Russell Robinson Jr., 26, pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court Thursday to two counts of first-degree criminal contempt, both felonies, admitting he knowingly acted in violation of the stay-away order on two occasions.
In a quiet voice, Robinson, of 313 Melone Village, admitted he had "been around" the victim on Jan. 20 and Feb. 10 in spite of the June 2011 order issued in Auburn City Court.
District Attorney Jon Budelmann said during the January encounter, Robinson cut the victim with a kitchen knife and pushed her into a wall and coffee table during a fight, leaving her bleeding from her mouth and under her ear.
In February, Budelmann said, Robinson showed up at the victim's home, shouting and refusing to leave.
Douglas Bates, Robinson's attorney, said that although his client did not deny committing criminal contempt, the situation between Robinson and the victim wasn't simple.
In the fall, Bates said, the victim, mother to Robinson's two children, gave birth to a stillborn child, throwing the family into turmoil. After taking the children to Buffalo for awhile, Bates said Robinson tried to get back together with the victim.
"This is a very tragic case, judge," Bates said."(Robinson) wants the court to keep in mind that the parties were still seeing each other."
Judge Thomas Leone revoked bail, remanding the defendant into the custody of the Cayuga County Jail.
Also in court:
* Alicia Cook's sentencing was postponed after she came to court intoxicated.
After Charles Thomas, Cook's attorney, informed Judge Leone his giggling, stumbling client was drunk, Leone sent her to CCJ to sober up.
"The deal you worked out for her might be in jeopardy," Leone warned Thomas.
Cook, 25, of 1418 Valley Drive, Syracuse, will face sentencing next week for first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.
* Mitchell Papusha was sentenced to up to three years in prison and pay $3,000 restitution for driving while intoxicated in Locke on July 30 in a Volvo he stole from a South Carolina car dealership.
Papusha, 38, of 2045 County Highway 67, Hancock Town, was sentenced to 1.5 to three years for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one to three years for first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and one year for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. His sentences will run concurrently.
"You have been a real drag on society," Leone told Papusha. "You seem like a fairly intelligent man who just has a disposition to crime."
* Eric Jones faces up to three years in prison after he admitted to stealing $4,900 worth of press plates from The Citizen in January.
Jones, 22, of 125 North St., Auburn, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, explaining he took a motor, rollers and hundreds of press plates from the newspaper, his employer at the time, to sell for scrap money to support his family.
Jones must also pay $1,353 restitution to The Citizen.
* Nicole Rivera, 22, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to complete felony drug treatment court for stealing money from her employer to buy cocaine. Rivera, of 26 Steel St., Auburn, must also pay $1,293.63 restitution for her fourth-degree grand larceny conviction.
* Kenneth Hildebrant, 41, faces two to four years in prison after he admitted to breaking into a Mentz garage and pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary.