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AUBURN — A 29-year-old man was given more prison time Tuesday for assaulting an inmate and a corrections officer at Auburn Correctional Facility in 2015. 

Ashton Jacobs pleaded guilty in August to two reduced counts of second-degree attempted assault, a class E felony. At the time, Jacobs said he was incarcerated at Auburn prison in December 2015 when he used the lid of a soup can to cut another inmate. He then said he injured an officer who was trying to break up the fight. 

According to Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, the inmate sustained a deep cut to his forehead while the officer suffered bruises to his ribs, shoulder and knees in the scuffle. 

On Tuesday, Budelmann cited several phone calls that were recorded by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. In those calls, Jacobs allegedly asked a friend to order ceramic blades from Amazon and ship them to him in prison. The district attorney also said Jacobs claimed he was going to sue the state for an injury he received to his face during the assault. 

"This defendant not only has a history of violence ... he also has a lack of ethics and morals," Budelmann said in court. 

A second felony offender, Jacobs was previously convicted of first-degree attempted assault in 2005 and first-degree manslaughter in 2010. He is currently serving a 17-year prison sentence at Attica Correctional Facility. 

Now, Jacobs will serve an additional three to six years in prison. He was sentenced Tuesday to 1 1/2 to three years in prison on each count; both sentences will run consecutively to one another. 

Also in court: 

• An Auburn woman admitted stealing a television and some clothes from an apartment in Cayuga County. 

Haylee Tanner, 24, of 8 James St., pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of third-degree burglary, a class D felony. During her plea, she told Judge Mark Fandrich how she broke into a residence on Wall Street in September and took items that didn't belong to her. 

Tanner's defense attorney, Joseph Sapio, told the court that Tanner's crime was fueled by drug addiction. As such, the judge and district attorney said Tanner would have to successfully complete felony drug court. In addition, despite facing up to seven years in prison, Fandrich said he would likely sentence her to five years probation. 

Tanner was released from Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash bail. She was scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 16. 

• A Utica man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly committing tax fraud in Cayuga County. 

Timothy Heburn, 39, of 1204 Elm St. 1st, was indicted and charged with evading the cigarette and tobacco tax by possessing, transporting or selling more than 30,000 cigarettes in unstamped packages, a class D felony. He was also charged with repeated failure to file taxes, a class E felony, and failure to obey traffic and stay in his lane, both infractions. 

Heburn pleaded not guilty to all counts Tuesday and was released from jail on $10,000 bond. He was scheduled to return to court Jan. 23. 

Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 


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