City man pleds guilty to violating child’s protection order

A city man pled guilty Thursday to entering a Southside home and violating an order of protection that shielded a child in exchange for a sentence of one to three years in prison.

John L. Wade, 27, formerly of 45 Homer Ave., was arrested Oct. 3 after he was discovered hiding in a closet of the child’s 4th Ward residence, according to court documents. Wade was ordered to have no contact with the child after his March 3, 2020 conviction in City Court for assaulting a member of the child’s family or household, according to the felony complaint.

After his misdemeanor, third-degree assault conviction, Wade was sentenced to 60 days in the Cortland County Correctional Facility and two years of probation, said Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Simser, Sr. this morning in Cortland County Court. Wade was previously resentenced in City Court to a year in jail after he was arrested while on probation, stated Simser. The state prison sentence will run concurrently with Wade’s local jail sentence, he said.

Wade pled guilty to aggravated family offense, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of one-and-a-third to four years in prison. On Dec. 11, 2020, an indictment was filed with the Cortland County Clerk against Wade, charging him with the felony and two misdemeanors: second-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wade is currently in jail serving his City Court sentence. He is scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. April 15 for sentencing in Cortland County Court