City man receives prison sentence for burglary, misdemeanor charges

Christopher Gillette (left) in Cortland County Court. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith).

City of Cortland resident Christopher Gillette on Thursday in Cortland County Court was sentenced by Judge Julie Campbell to 2-to-4 years at a state correctional facility for his third-degree burglary charge.

Gillette, 37, will also have 364 days merged into his sentencing for his misdemeanor criminal contempt charge. As part of his sentencing, Gillette will participate in an Alcohol & Substance Abuse Treatment Program.

Gillette declined to speak on behalf of his sentencing.

In Dec. 2020, Gillette admitted he illegally entered NAPA Auto Parts-Kellogg Auto Supply on Main Street in Cortland. He broke a window and jumped through it in his attempt to elude city police.

Gillette’s sentencing was shortened after agreeing to a plea deal in July that closed charges that he raped an unconscious woman in front of a child in 2015. He admitted to violating an order of protection in 2020 at the Econo Lodge on Church Street, which was part of the plea deal that spread across three criminal charges.

If an agreement wasn’t reached in the plea deal, Gillette could have received a maximum sentence of 3.5-to-7 years in prison for his burglary charge.