AUBURN | A Moravia man pleaded guilty in Cayuga County Court Thursday to felony charges of grand larceny and failure to register as a sex offender in a timely manner.

Cayuga County Court Judge Thomas G. Leone recommended Brian Wilkinson, 32, to indeterminate concurrent sentences of between one to three years for each count.

Wilkinson's grand larceny charge stems from a "theft by fraud" where he attempted to sell a house he didn't own, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said.

The buyer was willing to make a down payment of a coin collection and other property for the purchase of the home. Wilkinson later pawned the coins.

Leone ordered Wilkinson to commit to making payment of $2,600 in restitution.

Additionally, Wilkinson, a sex offender, may receive an additional one to three years for failing to register his new address with the county when he moved from Montezuma to Moravia last spring.

Due to an out of state prior felony conviction, Wilkinson's eligibility for the proposed sentences may change by the time sentencing occurs April 30.

Wilkinson is currently incarcerated on a probation violation related to a an April criminal mischief charge in Moravia and was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail without bail.

Also in court

• Leone released on his own recognizance Robert Ransier-Hyde, 23, from the Cayuga County Jail.

Since December, when he was picked up on a warrant, Ransier-Hyde has been incarcerated at the Cayuga County Jail for third-degree attempted burglary, a felony.

On Nov. 24, he entered a Washington Street home without permission with the intent to steal beer and money. He ended up with the beer.

The resident of the home didn't give Ransier-Hyde money, but the defendant did leave the home with two beers. Outside the home, he was was accosted by a man known to him where they became embroiled in a fight. Ransier-Hyde fled the altercation with the beers.

"I was going to take money or beer so I could satisfy my alcohol (addiction)," Ransier-Hyde said.

The defendant pleaded guilty to the third-degree attempted burglary charge and as a component of his release, and before his sentencing on April 30, must attend felony drug court.

"While you are out, you cannot get in further trouble," Leone said. "I don't want you to even get a jaywalking ticket."

• Andrew Laury, 36, was arraigned on a four-count indictment charging him with two counts each of third-degree rape, a class E felony as well as two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Rome Canzano, Laury's attorney, entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client.

Leone set bail at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond "given the criminal history and the allegations listed."

The case will go to trial April 30.

Staff writer Carrie Chantler can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or carrie.chantler@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenChantler.

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