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Auburn man admits threatening person with baton

An Auburn man pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday for threatening someone with a collapsible baton.

Joshua Morrissette, of 211 W. Genesee St. Apt. 6, admitted to one count of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class E felony. During his plea, the 29-year-old said he went to the victim’s home on April 9 with a baton in an attempt to scare them.

Morrissette also admitted to having a prior felony. He said he was convicted of felony driving while ability impaired in 2015 in Onondaga County and granted a conditional discharge. His defense attorney, Charles Thomas, said Morrissette also has pending misdemeanor charges for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

A second felony offender, Morrissette could face a maximum of two to four years in prison; however, in exchange for his plea, Judge Thomas Leone will likely sentence him to 1 1/2 to three years in prison. Morrissette will remain out on $1,100 cash bail pending sentencing July 26.

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