ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man pleaded guilty to robbing a Lansing home at gunpoint Friday afternoon, sometimes shaking his head during the proceedings and once denying his role in the robbery.

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Whitley Taylor, 33,  pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in exchange seven years in prison with five years of post-release supervision — the minimum sentence allowed on the charge for a predicate violent felon.

He was initially charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and petit larceny. Taylor would have faced a minimum of 15 years in prison if he’d have been found guilty at trial.

As part of the plea deal, Judge Scott Miller asked Taylor to narrate the events that happened Aug. 26, 2014 at the 100 block of Lockerby Hill Road in Lansing.

Taylor initially only said, “I’m guilty of robbery.”

Miller, however, read the accusations against him, during which Taylor repeatedly shook his head but admitted to the charges saying simply, “Yes, sir.”

Court documents show that two men wearing ski masks and black clothing held up residents at gunpoint and kicked the residents when he did not find enough money at the home. The robbers made off with a laptop, cash and other items.

When Miller asked Taylor to describe what he stole, the man was silent before shouting, “Nothing, dude!”

When Miller asked him to repeat his answer, Taylor appeared to sniffle before saying, “I don’t know. Whatever the (court) paper says.”

Miller then reminded Taylor that he does not have to accept a plea deal.

“You can exercise the right to a trial,” Miller said.

But Taylor said he stole a laptop and cash from the home.

Taylor also accepted a plea deal in a separate incident where he pleaded guilty third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, during which he admitted to selling cocaine in Ithaca. He’ll serve six years in prison and 1.5 years post-release supervision.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.