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Auburn man pleads guilty to assaulting police officer

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AUBURN — A U.S. Army veteran admitted to assaulting an Auburn police officer Thursday in Cayuga County criminal court. 

Christopher Ackerley, of 48 Havens Ave. in Auburn, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree assault, resisting arrest, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and obstructing emergency medical services. 

According to Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina, the 27-year-old was arrested Nov. 17 after police received a concerned call from the defendant's mother saying her son had threatened to harm himself. 

"(Ackerley) ran into the woods behind Cayuga Community College and his mother said he could have a knife on him," Valdina said, adding that Ackerley was also intoxicated at the time. "The police set up a perimeter and (Ackerley) came out and immediately attacked an officer."

Still, Ackerley told a different story in court. He went into the parking lot behind the college to talk to police, he said, when an officer reached for him. 

"I resisted arrest, we fell to the ground and I believe that the officer was injured as a result," Ackerley told Judge Thomas Leone. 

The district attorney's office said the officer was out of work for three weeks with a concussion after the incident; thus, they recommended probation in addition to six months in Cayuga County Jail. 

Leone agreed, stating he will likely sentence Ackerley to five years probation if he successfully completes treatment for alcoholism and mental health. 

"I'm taking into account your mental health and your service to this county," Leone said, noting that he may consider the additional six months in jail if there are any issues between now and sentencing. "But this is your last chance."

Ackerley faced up to seven years in prison for the assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 10. 

Also in court: 

• An Onondaga County man has pleaded guilty to selling heroin in the town of Sterling. 

Eric Adams, of 113 Dunning Dr. in Camillus, was charged in April 2015 with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The 50-year-old also had two misdemeanor charges pending from October: seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. 

Adams only admitted to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a narcotic in court Thursday in exchange for three years in prison plus two years post-release supervision. That plea would satisfy all other charges, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said.

Adams faced a maximum of nine years in prison. He will also be ordered to pay nearly $800 in restitution. 

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 20. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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