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Syracuse teen admits to robbing Byrne Dairy in Auburn
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Syracuse teen admits to robbing Byrne Dairy in Auburn

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AUBURN — A Syracuse teen pleaded guilty to robbing an Auburn convenience store with a loaded weapon over the summer. 

Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court, 18-year-old Javon English pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. During his plea, he admitted to Judge Mark Fandrich that in July, he robbed the Byrne Dairy at 70 Arterial East in Auburn by displaying a loaded, operable handgun and demanding money from a cashier. 

"I went into the Byrne Dairy with a loaded gun and I robbed it and ran away," English said in court. 

Fandrich promised to sentence English to eight years in state prison followed by up to five years of post-release supervision. He could have faced up to 25 years behind bars for the robbery charge and 15 years for possessing a weapon, Fandrich said. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said due to English's "young age," the DA's office decided to reduce its offer from 10 years down to eight. 

English will return to court on Jan. 15 for sentencing. He remains out on $100,000 bond. 

Also in court

• An Auburn man pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing a credit card. 

Joshua Henry, of 103 Van Anden St., admitted Tuesday in court that in August, he broke into a stranger's truck in Aurelius and stole the man's wallet, which contained a credit or debit card, and several other items. Henry then tried to make a purchase with the stolen card, which is how he was eventually caught by police, Budelmann said.

"I went into the guy's truck, I took the wallet and I got his card," the 34-year-old told the judge. 

Henry's attorney, Samuel Tamburo, said the other items his client stole from the truck have been returned. 

Fandrich promised to sentence the 34-year-old to one to three years in prison, along with a shock camp order, which will allow him to receive substance abuse treatment in prison while serving most of his sentence on parole. Henry could have faced up to four years in prison, Fandrich said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 18. 

• An Auburn man will serve prison time for violating an order of protection. 

Budelmann said 50-year-old Timothy King has continually violated an order of protection against a family member and has exhibited a "pattern of continuous violent behavior against people." Budelmann said King has been arrested and convicted on over a dozen domestic violence and drug charges. 

"This is not an uncommon situation but a difficult situation," Budelmann said, adding the victim in this case has been suffering from anxiety related to King's attempts to contact her. 

King's attorney, Ben Susman, said his client has not attempted to contact the victim since these new charges were filed against him. 

"He's not continually doing it, he's actually learning from his mistakes here," Susman said. 

On Aug. 15, King plead guilty to aggravated family offense, a class E felony. He will spend one to three years in prison, in addition to time he is already serving for previously violating the protection order. An additional order of protection was granted in favor of the victim. 

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie

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