AUBURN — A Springport man could spend up to three years in prison for stealing computers from Wells College in Aurora.
Anthony Telego II, 33, of 965 Connors Road, pleaded guilty by waiver in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony. His plea satisfied a third-degree grand larceny charge.
Judge Thomas Leone said Telego engaged in criminal activity at Wells College from September to November by stealing property from the educational institution.
When he pleaded guilty, Telego said he worked at Wells College, stole laptops and then sold them at a pawn shop.
While Telego could face up to two to four years in state prison, Leone said he will likely sentence him to 1.5 to three years in exchange for his plea. Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said restitution will also be ordered, but not to exceed $6,005. Telego is due back in court for sentencing July 11.
Also in court
• A Genoa woman in court for violating probation tested positive for alcohol after telling the judge she didn't drink.
Taralyn Colson, 46, of 10614 Route 90, is on probation from a 2016 charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child passenger in the car, a class E felony.
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Colson allegedly admitted to the Cayuga County Probation Department that she drank alcohol, Budelmann said.
Leone said Colson tested positive for alcohol at the probation department on Wednesday, one day after she told Leone in court she didn't have an alcohol problem and said she didn't even drink.
"You looked absolutely terrible," Leone said of her Tuesday appearance, adding that she was rambling while in court that day.
Probation officer Nick Flanigan said Colson did a urine test and tested positive for alcohol. He said he had an interview set up with Helio Health for Thursday afternoon to try and get her into inpatient help for mental health issues and alcohol dependence. In order to get placed in treatment, however, she'll have to be honest about having a substance abuse issue, he added.
"This is a particularly difficult case," Colson's defense attorney Thomas Turturo said. He said she has "extremely severe" Type 1 Diabetes that she struggles to manage. As a result, she often fluctuates between hyper and hypoglycemic states which can lead to confusion, he added. It is possible, he said, that her diabetic condition could be causing elevated levels of certain chemicals in her body resulting in false positives on the alcohol tests. He said it would be interesting to see if while in treatment she still tests positively.
Leone said if Colson maintains that she doesn't drink alcohol or have a problem, and gets convicted at a hearing of violating her probation rather than admitting to her violation, she's probably looking at jail or prison time.
"It's everyone in this court room's desire to get you the help you need," Leone said.
Leone remanded Colson to Cayuga County Jail, but said he would allow her release to an inpatient facility. He set a control date of July 2 for Colson to return to court.