Former TC3 Student Admits Role in Beating of SUNY Cortland Student
One of the three former Tompkins Cortland Community College students who was arrested last September for severely beating a SUNY Cortland Student in a gang type assault has taken a plea deal to resolve his case.
19-year-old Wayne Harris III, 19-year-old Richard Renck, and 18-year-old Malik Abdur-Rasheed; were all arrested last fall on felony counts of gang assault and assault.
Back on September 21st the three men are accused of attacking a SUNY Cortland Student near 15 Groton Avenue.
According to witness statements the three men had been following a group of women prior to the fight making comments, when the SUNY Cortland student attempted to discourage the men from bothering the women, the three men then attacked him.
The victim sustained a broken hand and jaw in the assault and other serious facial injuries.
All three were men are from the Long Island area they were living on the TC3 campus at the time of the attack, following the attack they were all suspended.
Yesterday Harris appeared in Cortland County Court where he pled guilty to one count of attempted assault, which is a class e non-violent felony. In exchange for the plea county prosecutors have agreed to drop the more serious gang assault and other charges and recommend that he serve 1 to 3 years in prison. County Judge William Ames said yesterday that he had agreed to cap the sentence at no more than one year in local jail. The attempted assault charge carries prison term of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. The gang assault charge carries a 5 to 25 year prison term.
Harris also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against his codefendants if their cases go to trial. Harris is also obligated to pay a portion or all of $74 hundred dollars in restitution to the victim for medical expenses.
Assistant Prosecutor Carl Rosencranz said in court that the victim and his family support the plea. Harris is due to be sentenced on July 9th.
County D-A Mark Suben has said he planned to take a hard stance on gang assault cases, but after further review this case is not a gang assault. It appears that Harris and Abdur-Rasheed attempted to prevent further violence to the victim by Renck. Suben said the gang assault charges simply didn’t fit the facts of the case.
This gang type assault followed a similar incident last July on Main Street in Cortland where three other men were arrested for a similar type attack that sent another man to the hospital. Those cases are still pending.