AUBURN — An Auburn teen has admitted his involvement in burglarizing several homes and attacking and kidnapping a 73-year-old woman in Cayuga County.
Jermaine Gotham, of 53 Parker St., pleaded guilty Thursday to six felonies in three separate incidents. The 16-year-old said he illegally entered homes in Aurelius and Auburn last December to steal property.
In one of the cases, which occurred Dec. 30, 2015, Gotham explained that he and his co-defendant Maurice James broke into a house on Aurelius Avenue and encountered a woman inside. James then struck the victim in the head with a glass bottle and threatened her with deadly force.
Gotham pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping in the incident. Both the burglary and kidnapping charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years each while the robbery has a maximum of 15 years in prison.
The defendant also admitted to burglarizing two homes on Dec. 27 — one on Mullen Drive, the other on Wheeler Street — and attempting to break into a home on Spring Street Dec. 29. He was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and second-degree attempted burglary in those cases.
Judge Thomas Leone has agreed to the district attorney's offer of "no worse than eight years in prison." He also will consider youthful offender treatment at sentencing on Nov. 10.
Gotham is currently being held at the Monroe County Jail. The teen filed a lawsuit against the Cayuga County Jail after allegedly being held in solitary confinement.
Also in court:
• A Rochester woman was sentenced Thursday for bringing razor blades and synthetic drugs to her husband at Auburn Correctional Facility.
Latonya Ward-Summers, of 115 Mohawk St., pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree promoting prison contraband in June. At the time, the 39-year-old admitted to smuggling in 18 razor blades and more than 30 grams of synthetic marijuana in January.
"This is something we've seen before," Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said. "An inmate at the facility marries someone outside the facility and convinces them to commit rather serious felonies."
Ward-Summers faced a maximum of seven years in prison on the charges, however, Leone decided to sentence her to five years probation and 100 hours of community service.
"There probably should have been some jail time here," Leone said. "But I truly believe you are remorseful and that you will leave this man and take care of your kids."
Ward-Summers' probation will be transferred to Monroe County where she is to complete her 100 hours of community service in the next six months.
• An Auburn woman will likely spend six months in jail and five years on probation for illegally possessing a loaded gun.
Reisha Overstreet, 22, was originally charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for carrying a loaded gun in her bag in July. But Thursday the district attorney's office allowed Overstreet to plead to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a non-violent felony.
"The co-defendant in this case threatened (Overstreet), so she carried a loaded gun for him in her purse," Budelmann said.
Overstreet, of 26 Franklin St. Apt. 1, could face a maximum of seven years in prison for the charge. She was remanded to Cayuga County Jail until her sentencing Nov. 3.
• A Syracuse man has pleaded not guilty to illegally possessing a weapon.
Isiah Neeley, of 1522 W. Colvin St., was charged Apr. 29 with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
According to Budelmann, his office has offered to allow the 26-year-old to plead to a reduced charged in exchange for two to four years in prison. A second-felony offender, Neeley could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
He is due back in court Nov. 3.