AUBURN — An Auburn man who was scheduled to be sentenced last month for passing counterfeit money in Cayuga County pleaded guilty to another felony Tuesday and was then sentenced to state prison.
Matthew L. Danforth, formerly of 131 E. Genesee St., was arrested last summer for conducting a counterfeit currency scheme with 39-year-old transient Nathan Nolan and using fake cash on at least two occasions.
Danforth was initially charged with two counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of first-degree falsifying business records, one count of petit larceny and one count of fifth-degree conspiracy. However, in December 2016, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann let the 26-year-old plead guilty to two counts of possessing a forged instrument — class C felonies — to satisfy the other charges.
At the time of his plea, Danforth admitted to passing around $300 in fake cash at Wal-Mart on Grant Avenue in April 2016. And in exchange for his plea of guilty, Judge Mark Fandrich agreed to sentence Danforth to six months in jail followed by five years probation. He then released Danforth from Cayuga County Jail on his own recognizance.
But on Feb. 7, 2017, Danforth failed to appear at sentencing, so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
Then, on Feb. 10, New York State Police arrested Danforth after he posted threatening messages about his ex-girlfriend on Facebook, violating an order of protection. He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment.
In court Tuesday, Danforth admitted to making the public post threatening to kill the mother of his child. He pleaded guilty to criminal contempt, a class E felony.
Fandrich then sentenced Danforth to one to three years in prison on each count. All sentences will run concurrent to one another.
Also in court:
• An Auburn man was sentenced to prison Tuesday for committing two burglaries in Cayuga County.
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Last month, 43-year-old Travis Breedlove, of 19 Venice St., pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary and one count of third-degree burglary, both felonies.
At the time of his plea, Breedlove admitted to stealing several weapons from a home on Chapman Avenue in October 2016. He also said he stole lottery tickets and tools from Peppers Liquor Store on Genesee Street in November.
Breedlove was initially charged with three felonies — second- and third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny — as well as two counts of petit larceny and trespassing. However, the district attorney allowed him to plead guilty to both burglary charges in full satisfaction of the charges.
On Tuesday, Breedlove apologized to the court before sentencing, noting that his crimes stem from a long struggle with substance abuse.
"I have had a substantial problem with addiction my whole life," he said. "When I'm not using, I'm fine. ... I need some help, and just sitting in jail isn't helping."
Judge Fandrich sentenced Breedlove to 3 1/2 years in prison plus 2 1/2 years post-release supervision for second-degree burglary and 1 1/3 to four years in prison for third-degree burglary. Both sentences will run concurrent to one another.
In addition, Breedlove will have to pay more than $9,000 in restitution and surcharges upon his release from prison.
• An Auburn woman has admitted to using a credit card she opened under someone else's name.
Tammy Kennedy, 52, of 12 Seymour St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree identity theft, a class D felony. During her plea, Kennedy said she applied for a credit card using her sister's name without her permission and used that card on several occasions last fall, spending around $1,000.
Kennedy could face up to seven years in prison for the crime, but Judge Fandrich has agreed to sentence her to five years probation. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 16.