Starling-Harvey and Loiacono

Dijon Starling-Harvey and Mia Loiacono

AUBURN — Two of three defendants involved in a violent robbery early this year were sentenced in Cayuga County Court on Tuesday to prison.

Co-defendant Mia Loiacono, 22, of 2496 Bentley School Rd., Weedsport, lured someone into the front seat of a vehicle on Dublin Hill Road in the Town of Ledyard on Jan. 26, police said. Dijon Starling-Harvey, 19, of 9 Spring St., Auburn, was waiting in the backseat with the third co-defendant, William Vest, 28, of 110 Olympia Terrace, Auburn.

Starling-Harvey beat and stabbed the victim repeatedly, including in the face, police said. Money and phones were stolen from the victim.

The Cayuga County Sheriff's Office previously reported that the victim knew the defendants, and the robbery stemmed from a disagreement.

During a tense sentencing proceeding in court Tuesday, Starling-Harvey was given seven years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision. He was ordered to pay restitution totaling $934, and an order of protection for the victim was issued.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said in court that he was concerned about a comment Starling-Harvey made during the pre-sentence investigation, that his "life goal is to be a thug."

At a later point during the proceeding, Starling-Harvey said "you can suck my d---" and attempted to stand up before he was restrained by officers. His mother, who was at the sentencing, was verbally upset by the outburst.

Before she left the courtroom, Judge Mark Fandrich told her not to apologize for getting upset and that Starling-Harvey "doesn't realize how lucky he is" to have her support.

Starling-Harvey pleaded guilty on May 14 to first-degree assault, a class B felony. 

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Loiacono was sentenced to three and a half years in prison followed by five years of post release supervision. She was also ordered to pay restitution totaling $934, and her bail was exonerated.

Budelmann said in court that she pleaded guilty on May 14 to first-degree attempted robbery, a class C felony. 

Simon Moody, her defense attorney, requested on Tuesday that Judge Fandrich grant a violent felony override that would remove her status as a violent felony offender. "Violence was not committed by my client," Moody said.

Judge Fandrich denied the violent felony override, and Budelmann also opposed the request based on Loiacono's involvement in the crime that left the victim with a punctured lung and stitches. 

In a statement to the court, Loiacono said she completed drug treatment, apologized to the victim and to her family for her drug use. She later hugged family members who came to the sentencing before her prison sentence commenced.

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Budelmann said that Vest pleaded guilty May 28 to first-degree attempted robbery and was given a conditional sentence of three and a half years in prison followed by five years post-release supervision. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Starling-Harvey claimed he did "all the stabbing of the victim," Budelmann said.

Also in court:

• Raymond Allen, 38, 293 Seymour St., Auburn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree welfare fraud, a class D felony.

Raymond J. Allen


Allen was given a conditional sentence of 1 1/3 to four years of prison time to run concurrently with a five-year prison sentence on another indictment. He will also be disqualified from receiving benefits for one year and will be required to pay about $3,100 in restitution to Cayuga County Social Services.

Allen admitted on Tuesday to not reporting his employment and to misrepresenting the number of people in his household to social services while continuing to receive benefits for approximately a year. 

On an indictment related to a separate incident, Allen pleaded guilty on June 11 to second-degree illegal entry of a dwelling, a class C felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class E felony related to a stolen firearm. The five-year conditional sentence was promised at that time.

He will be sentenced for both incidents on Aug. 27.

• Anthony Ranauro, 32, of 7133 Owasco Road, pleaded not guilty to four felony charges related to an investigation by the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office into a stockpile of weapons found in his home. 

Anthony Ranauro


Multiple illegally possessed handguns, rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines were seized from Ranauro's home on May 10. Some lacked serial numbers that made tracing them nearly impossible, police said at the time. According to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, a three-month investigation found Ranauro had also been placing orders to an international company for fake identification documents. 

Ranauro has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a disguised weapon, class C felonies, and two counts of third-degree criminal possession of an assault weapon, class D felonies.

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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.