ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man, initially indicted on 15 charges, accepted a plea deal Monday morning that will land him in prison for eight years.

Corbin Whyte, 32, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police said they found more than $1,000 in cash, prescription pills, seven guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they pulled Whyte over on March 28 near the intersection of West Seneca and North Albany streets.

Whyte was wanted on a warrant at the time, and officers said they instantly recognized the smell of marijuana and saw a gun in the driver’s side door-pocket of the vehicle.

The plea Monday covered 15 charges including seven counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, six counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

It also means that Whyte will be going to prison for eight years with five years of post-release supervision.

Judge John Rowley said a previous felony conviction in 2003 for second-degree possession of a forged instrument was considered during the creation of the plea deal.

Whyte is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:15 p.m. on March 6.

Jolene Almendarez

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