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Man accused of attempted murder for Ithaca Commons shooting pleads guilty

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Tompkins County District Attorney announced that Yakez D. Cornett, 22, appeared in court today and pleaded guilty to the crimes of Assault in the first degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the second degree.

According to the District Attorney's office, Cornett admitted to possessing a .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he used to shoot a man five times with on the Ithaca commons in the early morning of April 9, 2017. That man suffered a serious physical injury as a result.

Cornett was sent to Tompkins County Jail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 27, 2017.

For the Assault charge he faces between five and 25 years in state prison, and for the Criminal Possession of a Weapon charge he faces between three and a half to 15 years.

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