AUBURN — An Auburn man has been sentenced to state prison on charges stemming from incidents including stealing Christmas gifts from a home and assaulting a woman.
Scott Kepler, 40, was before Judge Thomas Leone in Cayuga County Court on Thursday. Pursuant to a previously reached agreement with the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office, Kepler was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision for second-degree burglary, a Class C felony. one count of attempted second-degree assault, Kepler was sentenced to two to four years in state prison. His other miscellaneous charges were satisfied following the plea. Sentences are meant to be served concurrently.
The burglary charge stems from an incident in which Kepler was accused of forcing his way into an apartment on Washington Street, damaging the door and stealing Christmas presents in December 2020, a said the Auburn Police Department.
Kepler’s attempted second-degree assault charge was reduced to second-degree assault, a Class D felony, Cayuga County Deputy Senior District Attorney Heather De Stefano said after the court. This offense was related to an incident in which Kepler broke into a woman’s residence in March 2021 and was waiting for her when she entered her home on Van Anden Street.
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Auburn police said at the time that Kepler repeatedly punched the woman in the face and head and threw a coffee table at her as she lay on the ground. He also tried to throw her out of a window, damaging the glass.
Kepler forcibly took the woman’s cell phone so she could not contact emergency services, APD said, and later did not let the woman leave the property. He eventually left the residence and was later tracked down and arrested. The woman was taken to Auburn Community Hospital for treatment.
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While being treated at APD headquarters, Kepler was disruptive and punched and kicked an officer’s arm but did not cause any injuries, police said at the time. . In court on Wednesday, Kepler agreed to pay about $149 in restitution after breaking an officer’s phone during the incident at APD headquarters.
Before Leone announced his sentence, Kepler spoke on his own behalf.
“I’m just sorry I did that,” he said.
Leone said he appreciated Kepler’s apology and asked him how old he was. Kepler replied that he was 40 and added, “I’m too old to do that.” Leone said he agreed.
“I can do better for sure,” Kepler said.
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