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Yakez D. Cornett Plea

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Yakez D. Cornett Plea

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

District Attorney Matthew Van Houten announced today that Yakez D. Cornett, 22, of Ithaca, appeared in Tompkins County Court today and entered guilty pleas to the crimes of Assault in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.  Assault in the First Degree is a Class B Violent Felony under the New York State Penal Law, punishable by a sentence of between five (5) and twenty-five (25) years in state prison.  Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree is a Class C Violent Felony, punishable by a sentence of three and one half (3 ½) to fifteen (15) years.

Cornett admitted to possessing a .380 semi-automatic handgun, which he used to shoot a man on the Ithaca Commons during the early morning hours of April 9, 2017, causing the man to suffer a serious physical injury.   He has been remanded to the Tompkins County Jail pending sentencing.

The Ithaca Police Department conducted the investigation with assistance and support from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.

Sentencing has been scheduled for October 27, 2017 before Judge John Rowley.