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Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman

Man sentenced to probation for stalking Cayuga County woman

AUBURN — An Oswego County man on Thursday was sentenced for stalking a Cayuga County woman.

Ryan Fox, 21, allegedly hacked into into a young woman's Snapchat account and then posted private photos of her, Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina said in Cayuga County Court Feb. 28.

Valdina said Fox was trying to blackmail the woman into a relationship. Fox allegedly told the woman he would post photos unless she went out with him. When she didn't go out with him, he posted the photos, Valdina said.

In court Thursday, Fox pleaded guilty to third-degree stalking, a class A misdemeanor. His plea satisfied a charge of computer trespassing, a class E felony, and second-degree coercion.

Judge Thomas Leone said from February to May 2018, Fox intentionally engaged in conduct against the victim in Cayuga County to make her fear physical injury. He said the victim and family were agreeable to the misdemeanor plea deal. 

"She was in fear of (Fox) stalking her, kidnapping her," Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said.

Following his plea, Fox — who has no criminal history — was sentenced to three years of probation and an order of protection was put in place for the victim.

Also in court

• A former Auburn inmate pleaded guilty on Thursday to stabbing a fellow inmate last summer.

In July, Erick Lewis, 31, assaulted a fellow Auburn Correctional Facility inmate by stabbing him with a hard plastic shank and slashing him with a disposable razor blade.

Erick Lewis


Lewis, who is currently incarcerated at Marcy Correctional Facility with an earliest release date in 2053 according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, a class D felony, to satisfy five felonies he faced. He admitted to stabbing the victim with an intent to cause injury.

His original charges included another second-degree assault charge, a first-degree attempted assault charge, a class C felony, and two counts of first-degree possession of dangerous contraband in prison, class D felonies.

In exchange for his plea, Lewis will likely be sentenced to five years in prison and five years post-release supervision — the minimum sentence allowed. He is due back for sentencing July 8.

•  Heather Hutton, 45, pleaded guilty to her involvement in a November meth bust in Auburn that found numerous people engaged in making methamphetamine.

Heather Hutton


Hutton, of 8 Throop Ave., Auburn, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony — reduced from a second-degree, class A felony charge— to satisfy her indictment which included three other felonies and five misdemeanors.

Hutton said she was at the 54 Orchard St. home at the time of the raid and admitted that she and others were knowingly and unlawfully in possession of about 4 ounces of meth oil. She said she didn't use or sell the drugs but was guilty of helping get the Sudafed to manufacture the meth.

"I was manipulated by me ex-husband, and I regret that," Hutton said.

In exchange for her plea, Hutton will likely be sentenced to five years of probation. She is due back for sentencing June 27.

• An Auburn man was sentenced for scrapping a truck he didn't own and lying to a grand jury.

Clinton Allwood, 30, of 46 Orchard St., Apt 1, pleaded guilty to first-degree perjury, a class D felony, and fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, in February.

Clinton C. Allwood

Clinton C. Allwood

"This defendant took someone else's car, falsified paperwork ... scrapped it, claimed it as his own," Budelmann said. He added that he lied to the grand jury about having a duplicate title.

At the time of his plea, Allwood said he received about $300 for scrapping the 1994 Ford pickup truck. His defense attorney, Charles Thomas, said Thursday the truck was abandoned at the Auburn Plaza.

Although Budelmann requested a prison sentence, Leone sentenced Allwood to five years of probation for each of his charges and Allwood will have to pay about $1,000 in restitution.

• An Auburn man was sentenced for crashing a stolen car.

In July 2016, in the town of Conquest, Marques Milligan, 35, of 47 Hamilton Ave., recklessly drove a stolen vehicle and crashed into a trailer and garage, Leone said.

Milligan pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, to satisfy his indictment which included two counts of third-degree grand larceny, class D felonies, and one count fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony. It was alleged in court in February that Milligan stole vehicles, motorcycles and campers.

Assistant District Attorney Joshua Bennett said a misdemeanor plea was agreeable after considering all the equities including Milligan's status as a veteran, his remorse, and his and his family's willingness to pay $20,000 in restitution up front.

"I have some recovery to do, things to work on," Milligan said. "I think I'm on a good track."

Following his plea, Milligan was sentenced to one year conditional discharge. In addition to the $20,000 he also has six months to pay about $700 in restitution.

• An Auburn man pleaded guilty to selling cocaine.

Kenneth W. Swann

Kenneth W. Swann

Kenneth Swann, 54, of 55 Walnut St., pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class B felony. His plea satisfied a total of nine class B felonies, including three counts of third-degree criminal sale of controlled substance and six counts of criminal possession of controlled substance; fourth-degree conspiracy, a class E felony; and two counts of second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, class A misdemeanors.

In exchange for his guilty plea to selling crack cocaine, Swann will likely be sentenced to three years in prison and two years of post-release supervision. He is due back for sentencing July 11.

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


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