AUBURN — An Auburn man has admitted selling cocaine in Cayuga County.
William Lichtblau, of 15 Church St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony.
Lichtblau was arrested May 10 after a grand jury charged the 51-year-old with six felonies — three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance — and three misdemeanor counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia.
Lichtblau initially denied the charges at an arraignment in Cayuga County criminal court last week. However, on Tuesday, he accepted a plea deal from Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, who allowed Licthblau to admit to one felony sale of cocaine in full satisfaction of the indictment.
In court, Lichtblau told Judge Mark Fandrich that he sold roughly $200 worth of cocaine to someone in July 2016. Lichtblau could face up to nine years in prison, but will likely be sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation.
Lichtblau was remanded to Cayuga County Jail pending sentencing July 18.
Also in court:
• An Auburn woman was sentenced to probation Tuesday for using her sister's identity to open a credit card in Cayuga County.
Tammy Kennedy, 52, of 12 Seymour St., pleaded guilty in March to first-degree identity theft, a class D felony.
At sentencing Tuesday, Budelmann said he was somewhat reluctant in his recommendation for probation as the defendant had an extensive history of theft-related crimes dating back to the 1980s and '90s.
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"I am a little concerned about this defendant," the district attorney said, noting that Kennedy has been charged with several misdemeanors since 2012. "I want to make it clear that she can't keep doing this."
Judge Fandrich agreed, warning Kennedy that if she is charged again in the future, she'll be facing jail time or prison.
Kennedy was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay nearly $1,000 restitution.
• A Moravia man who was placed on probation in 2014 for possessing methamphetamine manufacturing materials has admitted to his second violation of probation.
Dusten Cobb, 23, of 11 Abrio Dr., pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the terms and conditions of his probation.
Budelmann said this was Cobb's second violation since his sentencing in November 2014. He first violated his probation in February 2016 by using drugs, but was restored to probation last summer after complying with law enforcement. However, he violated probation a second time in January when he failed to notify the department that he moved to a new address.
"We're seeing a pattern here," Budelmann said in court, noting that Cobb recently suffered a near fatal overdose and has been in substance abuse treatment. "I'm very concerned about Mr. Cobb."
Both Judge Fandrich and the Cayuga County Probation Department said they were inclined to restore Cobb to probation again if he continued to remain in treatment and complied with his probation officer.
Cobb is due back in court for sentencing Aug. 8.