An Auburn man released from state prison less than four months ago for a bloody 2011 burglary was charged Wednesday with committing a similar crime.
Police said Caleb A. Pilkenton, 26, was one of two men who bound and assaulted a homeowner during a robbery in Sterling Wednesday.
Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office had found a suspicious unoccupied car on Viele Road near the Cayuga County border Wednesday afternoon, police said, and the engine had been left running.
Police said that while checking the area, officers saw two men running from a house on Craine Road in Sterling while carrying items taken from the home. Both men ran into a wooded area, police said. Patrols established a perimeter around the area and officers took both men into custody without incident.
It was later found that the owner of the residence had been home during the burglary and had been bound and assaulted by the men, police said.
Pilkenton and Derrick J. Sedore, 31, of Utica, were both charged with first-degree burglary, a class B felony; second-degree robbery, a class C felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon; and second-degree unlawful imprisonment, both misdemeanors.
They were arraigned in the Town of Owasco Court and were remanded to the Cayuga County Jail without bail or bond.
Police said that the investigation is continuing and that more charges are possible.
Sedore was also charged along with Pilkenton for a crime in 2011 described by prosecutors at the time as "a bloody mess" and one that "doesn't get much worse."
Pilkenton was 20 when he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his part in a burglary in the Town of Ira. In that case, Pilkenton, Sedore and another man were charged with breaking into an unoccupied home to steal electronics and a shotgun. They returned to the home a second time to try to retrieve evidence when they were confronted by a resident, resulting in a fight that left the victim and two of the burglars with stab wounds.
Upon sentencing in 2012, Pilkenton, who was also ordered to pay $32,000 in restitution, vowed to come out of prison "and be the best man I can be."
State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision records show that Pilkenton was released on parole Nov. 15, 2017.