AUBURN — On the morning of March 11, Bradley Strange approached a man outside of Auburn and asked for a ride home. But when the Good Samaritan got within the city limits, Strange told the 75-year-old to stop the car — and then pulled out a knife.
In Cayuga County Court Thursday, Strange admitted he tried to rob the man in the area of Wall and Washington streets in Auburn, slicing the victim's hands with the knife. He then said he fled the area and ended up on the roof of 51 Orchard St. where a nine-hour standoff ensued.
Strange, 34, of 112 Janet St., eventually came off the roof and was charged with first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and three counts of second-degree assault, all felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor. However, on Thursday, he pleaded guilty to the attempted robbery and resisting arrest in full satisfaction of the indictment.
A second felony offender, Strange was convicted of third-degree attempted robbery in March 2014 in Onondaga County. As such, he could have faced up to 15 years in prison. But in exchange for his pleas of guilty, Strange will likely receive 10 years in prison and five years post-release supervision. He will also have to pay restitution for the victim's medical bills and sign a permanent order of protection.
Strange was remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail. His sentencing was scheduled for Sept. 6.
Also in court
• A Locke man admitted selling methamphetamine to support his own addiction.
Vincent Goyette, 20, of 4464 Doolittle Road, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class D felony. During his plea, he admitted to selling meth to an undercover officer in October.
"I was just trying to cover my own habit," he told Judge Thomas Leone. "I'm not a criminal. I have a problem."
Both Leone and Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann acknowledged that Goyette seemed to suffer from addiction and could benefit from alternative treatment court. But both said they needed to see an evaluation before committing to that condition.
Goyette could face up to seven years in prison, but will likely receive five months in jail and five years probation. He was remanded to Cayuga County Jail without bail pending sentencing Aug. 9.
• An Auburn man was sentenced to probation Thursday for burglarizing a home in Montezuma.
Last summer, Christopher Kilcoyne, 35, of O86 Oak Creek Townhomes, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a class D felony. At the time, he said he and his co-defendant, Paul Oattes, broke into a residence in Montezuma in October 2016, and he was sentenced to interim probation pending the result of Oattes' case. Oattes pleaded guilty to conspiracy last month.
In March, Kilcoyne was brought back to court for violating the terms and conditions of his interim probation. At the time, he admitted driving without a license and was sentenced to serve several weekends in jail.
On Thursday, Kilcoyne reappeared before Leone for his official sentencing. He apologized to the court and to the victim, stating he "deeply regretted" his actions.
Kilcoyne was sentenced to five years shock probation, the shock portion being time served in Cayuga County Jail. He was also ordered to pay $325 restitution for breaking the victim's sliding glass door during the burglary.
• A Niles man was remanded to Cayuga County Jail Thursday for allegedly violating the terms and conditions of his probation.
In January 2016, Michael Podolak, 33, of 4469 Twelve Corners Road, was convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and sentenced to three years probation in Onondaga County. But according to the Cayuga County Probation Department, Podolak recently violated his probation, as he illegally possessed seven shotguns and rifles at his home.
In court Thursday, Probation Officer Nicholas Flanigan said he discovered the weapons during a surprise visit at Podolak's home in May. Flanigan said he went to the home after seeing a picture on Facebook of Podolak holding several guns.
An initial search of the residence showed there were no weapons in plain sight, but Flanigan said he ultimately found five shotguns and two rifles hidden beneath Podolak's mattress. He noted that the weapons had extremely powerful capabilities.
"If something were to go bad, it would go very, very bad," Flanigan said.
In addition, Flanigan said the probation department had received several complaints from Podolak's ex-wives, who have accused him of sending threatening text messages. Budelmann cited Podolak's "significant history of domestic violence issues" as well as a history of drunk driving.
Podolak asked Leone to show leniency Thursday, claiming he would lose his job, his home and custody of his children if he was sent to jail. However, the judge remanded Podolak without bail, citing "overwhelming evidence" in the case.
Podolak pleaded not guilty to the violation. He was scheduled to return to court July 12.