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Auburn man sentenced for stabbing person’s eye, stomach

An Auburn resident was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a man and causing him to lose an eye.

Nathan Fillingham, 30, of 88 Capital St., was arrested after stabbing a 35-year-old man several times in the town of Victory on Aug. 6, 2017. When Cayuga County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the late-night incident at 458 Victory Road, they found Joshua Hoeffner had been stabbed multiple times in the head, hand and torso. Hoeffner was treated at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse for serious injuries.

Fillingham was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class B felony, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor. He was later indicted on a charge of second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony. Fillingham's plea to first-degree assault satisfied all his charges.

The case — which had kept Fillingham in jail for more than a year without bail at the time of his Feb. 8 plea — took a long time to resolve in part due to Fillingham's mental health history, Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said in Cayuga County Criminal Court Tuesday. He said he hopes Fillingham can address some of his issues while in prison.

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