AUBURN — An Auburn man accused of stealing more than $2,000 worth of goods from a neighbor's apartment was offered a plea bargain in Cayuga County Court on Tuesday. 

The Auburn Police Department said earlier this year that 34-year-old Ricky D. Peglow II, who used to live at Grant Motel at 255 Grant Ave., stole items like a debit card, a vacuum, a television, an Xbox game system, clothing and jewelry from a man living in a nearby room on or about May 23-24. The items were worth more than $2,000, police said. Deputy Police Chief Roger Anthony said at the time that Peglow was arrested on May 28 at 231 Grant Ave., after the man called in the theft earlier that day. 

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The prosecution offered Peglow a sentence on Tuesday of three to six years of incarceration, possibly in the Willard Drug Treatment Campus in Seneca County, if he pleaded guilty that day. 

Defense attorney Sam Tamburo requested that Judge Mark Fandrich allow a "reasonable" adjournment so that he could discuss the option with his client, who indicated in court that he wasn't ready to plead at that moment.

Fandrich granted the adjournment and set a date for Peglow to reappear on Sept. 10. If Peglow decides not to accept the offer at that time, Fandrich said he would set a new date for the prosecution to file its response to Tamburo's motions.

Peglow is charged with second-degree burglary, a class C felony, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony, as well as the class A misdemeanors of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

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According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision inmate database, Peglow was released from the Mohawk Correctional Facility in February after serving about four years in prison for the class E felonies of first-degree falsifying business records and fourth-degree grand larceny. He was convicted of those crimes nine months after being released from prison in 2014.

Also in court:

• Mikal Holbrook, 21, was released from Cayuga County Jail to stay with his mother at her Woodlawn Avenue residence in Auburn after he was evaluated and approved for drug court. 

Mikal S. Holbrook

Mikal S. Holbrook

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At the time of his Aug. 7 guilty plea, Holbrook admitted to taking a Blu-Ray player that belonged to the mother of his child from a home on Francis Street. Holbrook then admitted that he sold the device on April 1 to Pawn King at 62 Owasco St. in Auburn for $15 by falsifying a form to claim that he owned it.

In exchange for pleading guilty to first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, Holbrook was promised five years of probation with the possibility of drug court. If he didn't qualify for drug court, he would've likely received six months of shock probation in Cayuga County Jail followed by five years of post-release supervision.

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Holbrook's living situation has been a source of concern during court proceedings. Fandrich ended up issuing a bench warrant for Holbrook's arrest on July 31 when he didn't show up for court. Defense Attorney John Price explained at the following court appearance that his client didn't have a working phone and wasn't staying at his former address. 

"It seems he's had the opportunity to do more thinking and moving forward in the appropriate ways," Price said on Tuesday.

• Gary Dellostritto, 38, of 275 Seymour St., Apt. 2, was remanded to Cayuga County Jail for allegedly violating a condition of his probation by not registering his Facebook account.

Gary Dellostritto


Dellostritto was sentenced on Feb. 6 to 10 years of probation after he pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to one count of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony. At the time of Dellostritto's plea, Fandrich said Dellostritto had a picture of a 14-year-old's vagina on his phone. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann also noted that the incident involved a family member.

Probation Officer Nicholas Flanigan said on Tuesday there were "a few concerning points." It was discovered during a meeting with the probation department that Dellostritto had an unregistered Facebook account that he was using to hold multiple conversations and exchange pictures, Flanigan said. He couldn't see what the pictures were of.

Defense Attorney Mario Gutierrez said Tuesday that Dellostritto was mainly messaging with family members and that he misunderstood that condition of his probation. Gutierrez asked that his client be released on his own recognizance, but Budelmann recommended after reviewing screenshots of the messages that Dellostritto be held in custody until his next hearing.

Fandrich remanded Dellostritto to the Cayuga County Jail and set his next appearance for Sept. 10.

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Staff writer Mary Catalfamo can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or mary.catalfamo@lee.net. Find her on Twitter @mrycatalfamo.