ITHACA, N.Y. — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to selling heroin in Ithaca and burglarizing a Dryden home back in 2014.

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Donald Lee, 31, was convicted of felonies for third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Court records show that on Oct. 27, 2014, Lee and an accomplice broke into a Dryden home with a crow bar and stole electronics, CDs, jewelry and personal paperwork. Records go on to show that on Nov. 6, 2014, Lee then sold or possessed nearly 7 grams of heroin on the 500 block of West State Street.

Represented by attorney Luke Fenchel, Lee accepted a plea deal Tuesday afternoon that ensures he will receive a sentence of three years on each felony drug count, a year for the burglary charge and two years of post-release supervision for each drug charge. The sentences will be run concurrently.

The deal continues to state that a charge Lee is facing at Ithaca City Court for misdemeanor attempted criminal possession of stolen property will result in one year of conditional discharge.

Lee is also admitted to judicial diversion, meaning that he is eligible to participate in a program with requirements regarding addiction recovery and assistance with reintegration into the community.

Fenchel said that if Lee completes the program, he could face lesser misdemeanor charges instead of felonies.

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Jolene Almendarez

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