Auburn man admits stabbing teenager, stealing dog; risk of 15 years in prison for life


An Auburn man has pleaded guilty to stabbing a teenage girl last summer in the city, according to prosecutor Jon Budelmann.

He announced the guilty plea in a press release Tuesday. The case had been resolved the day before when James Scott, 37, of Auburn pleaded guilty to second degree assault.

His trial was due to start soon. Scott faces a 15-year sentence to life in prison – the sentence being adjourned until August 5.

The knife attack took place on July 14, 2020 at around 3:30 p.m. when the girl was with her dog in the backyard of her Wall Street home.

Scott approached her with a pocket knife, pointed to it, and demanded the dog. After the girl gave the dog to Scott, he stabbed her in the back and shoulder and ran away.

“The successful resolution through the defendant’s guilty plea would not have been possible without the cooperation of the victim and her family, and without the hard work of members of the Auburn Police Department,” the prosecutor said. Senior District Assistant Heather De Stefano in the press. Release. “The guilty plea and the promised sentence should send a strong and clear message that crimes of domestic violence are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated in this community.”

Scott has already been convicted of a violent crime three times, according to Budelmann.

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