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Jerad Stiles is taken into custody at the scene of a crash after Auburn police gave chase May 31.

AUBURN — An Auburn man was sentenced in Cayuga County Court Thursday morning for his involvement in a May burglary that led to a police chase in Auburn.

Jerad Stiles, 30, pleaded guilty in November to two separate counts of second-degree burglary, class C felonies, for his involvement in a burglary on Holley Street on May 30. About $5,000 cash was taken from the home, as well as televisions and guns.

The Auburn Police Department's investigation of the Holley Street burglary led officers to the parking lot of the Westside Plaza, where the APD and Finger Lakes Drug Task Force observed long guns being passed from one vehicle to another.

Officers attempted to stop a black Jeep Cherokee, which was also stolen, but the driver fled. When the jeep struck a parked vehicle, Stiles and a codefendant — both second felony offenders — fled on foot before being apprehended.

During his plea, Stiles, of 5 Church St., Apt. 2, said he stole items to support his drug addiction. His plea to the burglary charges satisfied his entire indictment which included six felonies of third-degree grand larceny, third-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property for possessing firearms. It also included six misdemeanors of two counts petit larceny, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle without ownership and resisting arrest.

While he could have faced up to 15 years in prison for his crimes, Stiles was sentenced by Judge Thomas Leone to five years in prison and five years post-release supervision for each of his burglary counts. The sentences will run concurrently. Restitution will be determined after a restitution hearing.

Stiles also appeared in court on an additional indictment with charges of second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony; class A misdemeanors of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; and false personation, a class B misdemeanor.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Brittany Grome Antonacci said it was her understanding there was a misdemeanor offer on his new charges and the case will likely return to the town of Sennett's court.

Also in court

• A former Auburn inmate was sentenced for possessing a makeshift weapon in prison.

Initially charged with first-degree possession of dangerous contraband in prison, a class D felony, Mark Brown, 25, was sentenced to a lessened charge of first-degree attempted promotion of prison contraband, a class E felony, on Thursday.

Brown was found with a 5-inch sharpened toothbrush and two paper bundles of marijuana during a frisking in December 2017. When Brown pleaded guilty Dec. 6, 2018, he said he had the toothbrush for protection and admitted knowing it was unlawful to possess a weapon.

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"I would like to say that my actions were foolish," Brown said Thursday, admitting he ruined his life and his ability to be a responsible father to his daughter. "I've definitely learned from these mistakes."

Brown, who is currently at Upstate Correctional Facility, was sentenced to 1.5 to three years in prison. His sentence will run consecutive to to his current sentence for a 2017 conviction of second-degree burglary in Erie County. His earliest release date had been in July, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

• An Auburn man was sentenced for stealing about $1,280 of merchandise from Dick's Sporting Goods in Aurelius.

Supreme Hines, 25, of 13 Lawton Ave., pleaded guilty to both third-degree burglary, a class D felony, and fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, in December. At the time, he admitted to entering the store, knowing he wasn't allowed to enter in the first place, with the intent to commit larceny and stealing more than $1,000.

In court Thursday, Hines was sentenced to one to three years in prison with a shock camp order for each of his felonies. His sentences will run concurrent. Leone said he would also allow Hine's sentence to run concurrently to a pending Ontario County felony charge. Hines was also ordered to pay about $1,300 in restitution.

• An Auburn man facing three felonies is taking more time to consider a plea deal offering a Willard sentence.

Marques Milligan, 35, is charged with two counts of third-degree grand larceny, class D felonies; fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor. Court records indicate the crimes took place around July 14, 2016.

Days later, the Auburn Police Department announced it was seeking the public's help to find Milligan, who went missing on July 16, 2016, after messaging friends on social media, appearing to be distraught. Police were unable to locate Milligan at the time. The missing adult announcement made no mention of Milligan's charges. Court records indicate the charges were filed in May 2017.

In court Thursday, after a lengthy in-chambers conference with Milligan's defense attorney, Thomas Turturo, and Senior ADA Grome Antonacci, Leone said, he offered Milligan a Willard sentence if he would plea to the entire indictment and if his family can pay his restitution and extradition charges to return to New York in full. Leone said he'd be comfortable with that sentence given the fact that Milligan is a U.S. Army veteran and has mental health issues.

"That's the best I can do under law," Leone said.

Milligan allegedly stole vehicles, motorcycles and campers. Grome Antonacci said full restitution was about $20,700, not including extradition charges. His defense attorney, Thomas Turturo, requested an adjournment to discuss the offer with his client. Milligan is due back in court March 7.

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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