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      Syracuse man admits holding boy at knifepoint while on bath salts

      Jesse Claflin with police officers in July
      A Syracuse man accused of threatening a 5-year-old boy with a knife while high on bath salts pleaded guilty to weapon charges Friday morning.

      Jesse Claflin, 31, pleaded guilty to felony criminal possession of a weapon charges on Friday morning in Onondaga County Court.

      Claflin is accused of threatening a 5-year-old boy with a knife while he was high on bath salts in July.

      Police say the boy's 29-year-old uncle witnessed the incident and immediately punched Claflin in the face, causing him to drop the boy and flee the scene.

      When police approached Claflin, he reportedly took out the knife and threatened to kill himself. Police talked with Claflin for over an hour before he surrendered.

      Syracuse Police say Claflin has a prior criminal record.

      Judge Donald Todd says Claflin will be sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison. Claflin is scheduled to be sentenced on September 14.

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