Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca man previously convicted of a violent felony was sentenced to seven years in state prison after police discovered he illegally possessed a loaded firearm, the Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office announced on Wednesday.

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Breon Brooks, 23, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree and third degree, according to a news release. Brooks will also be on post-release supervision for five years.

See related: Convicted Ithaca felon tied to stolen handgun had 9 previous arrests, records say

On March 14, 2014, Ithaca police investigating a string of home burglaries in the city executed a search warrant. During the search, they found a loaded Colt Detective .38 special revolver in the glove compartment of Brooks’ car, according to a news release.

Breon J. Brooks

Brooks was also sentenced today, in a separate indictment, for possessing stolen property on March 13, 2014, according to a news release. (Brooks tried selling jewelry that had been stolen in Ithaca the week before, the DA’s office said.)

Brooks faces two to four years in state prison on this separate charge, the DA’s office said. He pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.