ITHACA, N.Y. — A man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon after he pleaded guilty in June to burglarizing an Ithaca College student who was selling pot.

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John Oliver- Arroyo, of Trumansburg, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree burglary on June 24 for, along with two other men, stealing a safe, a Macbook computer, a cell phone, an ounce of weed and $1,300 from the student’s home.

Oliver-Arroyo was originally charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree robbery but admitted to the crime and pleaded down to the lesser charge.

Court records show that around 9:30 p.m. on April 3, 2014, Oliver-Arroyo and two others entered the Spencer Street home of an Ithaca College student, who intended to sell the trio 3 pounds of marijuana.

While fleeing the scene, Oliver-Arroyo was stabbed in the shoulder by the college student and eventually went to the hospital for treatment, where the student identified him.

In court, Judge Joseph Cassidy sentenced Oliver-Arroyo — who has completed a drug treatment program — to five years of probation in addition to jail time already served.

“I am really trying to get my life back together. I did have a problem back then. Now, it’s just the time to work on it honestly,”  Oliver-Arroyo said in court.

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Jolene Almendarez

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