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State police personnel remove hazardous materials after authorities raided a methamphetamine lab at 54 Orchard St. in Auburn Nov. 9.

AUBURN — In November, police raided Thomas Hutton Sr.'s 54 Orchard St. home and found numerous people engaged in making methamphetamine.

Hutton Sr., 54, was the first to be arrested. Thursday, he was one of six people involved in the meth bust who pleaded guilty to their crimes in Cayuga County Court. Of the six, he is one of two defendants who will likely face prison time.

Hutton Sr. pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, in full satisfaction of his indictment. As part of his plea, he admitted to possessing about 4 ounces of meth oil.

In light of the plea, Judge Thomas Leone said he would likely impose the agreed-upon sentence of five years in prison and five years post-release supervision. The maximum time he could serve in prison for his crime is 10 years. Held in Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond bail, Hutton Sr. is due back for sentencing May 30.

Codefendant Raymond Cox, 37, of 68 Orchard St., is also facing prison time for his involvement in the meth lab.

Cox pleaded guilty to fourth-degree (reduced from second-degree) criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. He admitted possessing meth. In exchange for his plea, he will likely be sentenced to three years in prison with two years of post-release supervision with the possibility of a shock camp or a drug treatment order. The maximum sentence is 5.5 years. He is held at the county jail on $5,000 cash, $10,000 bond bail and is due back for sentencing May 30.

Jonas Hutton, 22, of 8 Throop Ave., Auburn, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor plea-deal offer and was sentenced for his involvement with the meth lab.

Jonas pleaded guilty to two of the nine charges he faced. He pleaded to fifth-degree (reduced from second-degree) conspiracy and second-degree criminal possession of meth manufacturing materials, both class A misdemeanors. He admitted to planning and having conversations with other codefendants and participating in attempts to make meth as well as possessing manufacturing materials.

Jonas was sentenced to three years of probation for each charge, which will run concurrently. Jonas' brother, Thomas M. Hutton, 28, pleaded guilty to the same charges and was also sentenced to three years of probation in March. In February, codefendant Shaun Cronin, 40, also pleaded guilty to fifth degree conspiracy and second-degree criminal possession of meth manufacturing materials.

Three other codefendants will likely receive a five year probationary sentence in exchange for their involvement with the meth lab.

Theresa Hutton, 24, of 117 Main St., Port Byron; Breanne Lunn, 32, of 11 Garden East Lane, Hannibal; and Timothy Rathbun, 35, of 8270 W. Loop Road, Montezuma; all pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony — reduced from second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance — to satisfy their indictments.

Theresa confirmed she knowingly and unlawfully possessed meth oil, Lunn admitted to participating in the alleged making of meth activity and Rathbun admitted to knowing meth was in the house and being present while codefendants made or attempted to make meth, knowing it was illegal.

While the maximum sentence is 2.5 years in prison, Theresa, Lunn and Rathbun will likely each be sentenced to five years of probation. Leone also explained conditions of post-release supervision to each of them in the event that something goes wrong and any of them end up spending time in prison. All three are due back for sentencing June 27.

Heather Hutton, 45, of 8 Throop Ave., also appeared in court Thursday. Her next court appearance was adjourned to April 25 but Cayuga County Assistant District Attorney Joshua Bennett said a possible plea-deal would involve Heather pleading guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, lessened from the initial second-degree charge.

Also in court

• An Auburn man pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine.

Robert Rogers, 50, of 15 Madison Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of narcotic drugs with intent to sell, a class B felony. His plea satisfied two uncharged counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Rogers said he was pulled over in his car soon after leaving his home on Feb. 28 and told by police there was a warrant on his car and home. He lived at 69 Chapman Ave. at the time. He admitted having about .5 grams of cocaine on his person and intended to sell it. Senior ADA Brittany Grome Antonacci said a total of about 1.5 grams of cocaine was found, some of which was in his home.

In exchange for his plea, Rogers will likely be sentenced to two years in prison and two years post release. His sentence will likely be executed with a drug treatment order which means most of his sentence will be served as parole supervision. Rogers was also required to forfeit his car and about $3,450 cash.

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Staff writer Megan Ehrhart can be reached at (315) 282-2244 or megan.ehrhart@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @MeganEhrhart.

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