A Cortland man’s guilty plea to assault in Cayuga County Criminal Court Thursday for a stabbing incident last summer satisfied an attempted murder charge he once faced.
Bryan Lee, 35, of 11 Halbert St., Cortland, was arrested in July after law enforcement responded to a 3:30 a.m. call of an assault outside of a home on Tollgate Hill Road in Locke. A man, 29 at the time, was found at the scene with multiple stab wounds. He was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for his injuries.
Initially charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause injury, a class D felony, Lee was later indicted on additional charges of second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony; fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor; and first-degree attempted assault, a class C felony. His guilty plea to first-degree attempted assault satisfied his entire indictment.
Although scheduled for a pre-trial conference Thursday, Rome Canzano, Lee’s defense attorney, said Lee was prepared to enter a guilty plea in light of the Cayuga County District Attorney’s office reduced plea offer.