A Cayuga County inmate pleaded guilty on Friday in Cayuga County Court to one count of first-degree promoting prison contraband, as well as second-degree attempted assault before Hon. Mark H. Fandrich, who is presiding over the case.
Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann says that Shabay Bonnett, 24, admitted that while an inmate at the Auburn Correctional Facility — he was in possession of a weapon, which was identified as a scalpel like cutting instrument.
It was classified as dangerous contraband. He admitted that he fought with another inmate intending to cause physical injury to him.
On June 30th, Budelmann says that Bonnett was seen by an officer at the facility making slashing motions with his right hand at the back of another inmate’s head. The inmate turned around to defend himself and began punching Bonnett with a closed fist.
He was then seen dropping an item from his right hand. After the two inmates were separated a correction officer found an Xacto razer type weapon on the ground nearby, as well as some droplets of blood.
The other inmate sustained cuts to the back of his head, face and right ear, for which he was treated at Auburn Memorial Hospital and received 46 stitches.
At the time, Bonnett was serving a sentence for second-degree attempted murder and second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon. This is Bonnett’s third felony conviction, and is due to be sentence on April 11th.
He will received a negotiated, agreed-upon sentence of 3.5 to 7 years in prison. By law, the new sentence will run consecutive to an existing sentence he received in 2013.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Brian Leeds.
Budelmann said in a statement after: “There are over 1,700 inmates incarcerated at Auburn Correctional Facility. Every one of those maximum security inmates is a convicted felon. One of the main responsibilities of the corrections officers to ensure the safety of those inmates. The correction officers protect inmates from other inmates, that is what happened in this case.”
He went on pointing out that, “This case clearly demonstrates the danger that weapons present on a daily basis for the Corrections Officers and Staff of the Maximum Security Prison. Our goal is to hold perpetrators of such attacks accountable and make the prison safer for all by reminding the inmates that the laws still apply to them inside the prison walls.”