ITHACA, N.Y. –A Lansing man was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a robbery charge in early September.

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Whitley Taylor, 33, was sentenced to seven years in prison with five years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery on Sept. 11, according to a news release by District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson.

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Before accepting the plea deal, he was 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.

He was on parole for a 2008 felony conviction when he committed the robbery.

Court record show that on Aug. 26, 2014, Taylor was convicted of robbing two residents of a Lansing home with a BB gun — that resembled a semi-automatic pistol — with the help of an accomplice. The two robbers made off with a laptop, cash and other items. The identity of the accomplice remains unknown.

The news release states that the stolen items and a ski mask worn during the incident were found in Taylor’s vehicle.

In September, 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. The deal states that he will serve six years in prison and 1.5 years post-release supervision for the charge.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Andrew Bonavia.

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Jolene Almendarez

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