AUBURN — An Auburn resident was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a man and causing him to lose an eye.
Nathan Fillingham, 30, of 88 Capital St., was arrested after stabbing a 35-year-old man several times in the town of Victory on Aug. 6, 2017. When Cayuga County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the late-night incident at 458 Victory Road, they found Joshua Hoeffner had been stabbed multiple times in the head, hand and torso. Hoeffner was treated at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse for serious injuries.
Fillingham was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He was later indicted on a charge of second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony. Fillingham's plea to first-degree assault satisfied all his charges.
The case — which had kept Fillingham in jail for more than a year without bail at the time of his Feb. 8 plea — took a long time to resolve in part due to Fillingham's mental health history, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said in Cayuga County Criminal Court Tuesday. He said he hopes Fillingham can address some of his issues while in prison.
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The stabbing incident was related to Fillingham's girlfriend of about two weeks at the time, Budelmann said. The victim, Hoeffner, was allegedly an ex-boyfriend to Fillingham's girlfriend and the two were involved with each other again.
Fillingham took a knife from the visor in his car and stabbed the victim in the stomach and also the eye. "He took out the victim's eye permanently," Budelmann said.
"This was a gruesome event," said Rome Canzano, Fillingham's defense attorney. He said Fiillingham accepts responsibility and noted his behavior while incarcerated for nearly two years has been OK when he's on proper medications. At the time of the stabbing, Canzano said Fillingham's mental health issues "manifested in that moment out of control." He requested the court, to the extent possible, allow programming and treatment for Fillingham while in prison.
"I've come to realize my actions not only affected me and (Hoeffner)," Fillingham said, adding he's had severe mental health issues since he was young. "If I could take it all back, I would've never (gotten) out of the truck."
He said he hopes to take advantage of the time in prison to get well and plans to continue therapy upon his release. Hoeffner didn't deserve what he did, Filllingham said, adding that he prays for the victim and his family and has gone to Bible study weekly for more than a year.
Judge Mark Fandrich sentenced Fillingham to 10 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. He didn't oppose Fillingham participating in any programming in prison that he qualifies for. An order of protection was put in place for the victim.
Also in court:
• An Auburn woman pleaded guilty to allowing others to sell drugs from her residence.
Lynn Boothroyd, 45, said she rented 51 Orchard St, upper apt. Charged with first-degree criminal nuisance, a class E felony, she said in her plea that she received drugs and food as compensation for allowing others to gather at her address and sell drugs.
In exchange for her plea, Fandrich agreed to likely sentence her to a range of probation up to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. She is due back for sentencing July 9 to allow her to get an evaluation from Confidential Help For Alcohol & Drugs and hopefully complete a treatment program prior to sentencing.
• A woman will spend up to four years in prison for stealing a $16 watch from Auburn's Walmart.
Jamie Smith, 38, of 5 Orchard St., Auburn, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a class D felony, in court Feb. 5. Her plea satisfied her entire indictment, which once included an unauthorized use of vehicle charge — for allegedly taking a car she did not own from the Walmart parking lot.
She had been banned from Walmart at the time she entered the store and stole the watch, Budelmann said Tuesday.
Fandrich sentenced Smith, a second-felony offender, to two to four years in prison. She was also ordered to pay about $966 in restitution — $950 related to the vehicle and about $16 for the watch.
"My stupidity led me here, but that doesn't mean I'm not determined to get it right," Smith said. "I'm an addict who needs help."
• An Auburn man was sentenced to prison for pawning a stolen tool kit.
Kristopher Tracy, 33, of 63 Van Anden St., will spend 1.5 to three years in prison for his conviction of first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony. He sold a DeWalt tool kit he didn't own, but said he did, to Pawn King in Auburn.
"I regret everything I've done," said Tracy, a second-felony offender who said he wants to get help for his mental health and substance abuse disorders to make a better life for himself, his wife and two young children.
He was also ordered to pay $529 in restitution to Lowe's Home Improvement, where the toolkit was stolen from.
• A woman was sentenced to prison for stealing about $350 from her grandmother.
Erinn Lepak, 29, who had no address recorded, was sentenced to one to three years in prison with a shock camp order — a program involving intense structure, work therapy, counseling and other services — for her conviction of second-degree possession of forged instrument, a class D felony. She was also ordered to pay $350 in restitution.
Lepak filled out some of her grandmother's checks and photo-deposited them into her bank account. Her defense attorney, Thomas Turturo, said her somewhat lengthy criminal history is all related to substance abuse as her crimes were committed while she was on drugs or in order to get money for drugs.
"I'm more than ready to continue with my sobriety," Lepak said.
• A Pulaski woman was sentenced for violating her probation.
Tara Sathre, 33, of 8 Loomis St., was on probation for second-degree forgery, a class D felony, when she got into an accident while driving on a suspended license, Budelmann said. Fandrich said she left the scene of the accident and had consumed alcohol in a motor vehicle.
"I just want to apologize for my actions," Sathre said while admitting to violating her probation.
She was sentenced to an indeterminate one to three years in prison with a shock camp order.