Clarification: An earlier version of this article may have made it unclear for the reader that Emily Morris has not been convicted of violating her probation. While charged with violating probation, Morris has not been found guilty of doing so. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman involved in carjacking a man at gunpoint in Ithaca was accused of violating nearly all probation requirements since being sentenced about a year ago.

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Emily Morris, 19, was sentenced as a youthful offender to five years of probation by Judge Joseph Cassidy about a year ago for her involvement in an armed carjacking March 28, 2014.

She was taken into custody Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest in June when she failed to appear in court to answer for other violations.

Reports show that Morris displayed a gun when she approached a man on the 200 block of West State Street. She forced the victim into the passenger seat and a male working with Morris held a gun to the victim’s head, according to 14850 Magazine.  

Morris’ court records are not available because she was sentenced as a youthful offender.

In court Monday, however, assistant district attorney Gary Surdell said Morris has completed nearly none of the requirements for probation.

“It’s almost an encyclopedia transcript of the ways one can violate probation,” he said.

Cassidy said some of the requirements of Morris’ probation include:
— Reporting to a probation officer regularly
— Maintaining employment or becoming a student
— Submitting to a substance abuse evaluation
— Obeying the law at all times
–Attending treatment programs
–Making payments toward restitution

Since her sentencing, Cassidy said Morris has allegedly not complete any of the steps consistently or has been in direct violation of a requirement.

For instance, he said that records show she’s made one $6 payment toward restitution, has not been employed, was charged with petit larceny and hasn’t seen her probation officer at least since May.

He also mentioned at least eight instances in which she reportedly failed to report to probation since November.

Morris was temporarily remanded without bail for violating probation and will reappear in court Sept. 18 for arraignment.

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Jolene Almendarez

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