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Felony weapons charges in Cayuga County results in guilty plea

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An Ilion man has admitted to a felony weapons violation during a traffic stop in Fleming last October, according to a press release from the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday.


Donnie Birdine, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, a class C armed violent felony, arising from the Oct. 29 traffic stop in Fleming. Birdine admitted to possessing a loaded and operable firearm, a Smith and Wesson 9 mm pistol, which was reported stolen from Florida. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police also recovered a quantity of cocaine and a scale. Cocaine was also found on Birdine.

Members of the New York State Police and the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office were conducting a DWI investigation when officers noticed a firearm in Birdine’s waistband.

Birdine faces five years in prison, followed by five years of post-release supervision when he is sentenced before Judge Thomas G. Leone on June 15.