City man accused of attempted murder pleads not guilty

Tyshawn Pittman (middle), accused of attempted murder from a shooting in December, appeared in Cortland County Court on Tuesday. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

A City of Cortland man accused of second-degree attempted murder (a Class-B Felony) pleaded not guilty to all of his charges in Cortland County Court on Tuesday.

On Dec. 17 of last year, Tyshawn Pittman, 37, shot a woman in the face and neck on Main Street in Cortland. Pittman, who was originally charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon (a Class-C Felony), is also facing first-degree assault and first-degree burglary charges (both Class-B Felonies).

According to a city police report, after Pittman shot the woman, his whereabouts were unknown. At about 7 p.m. the same day, Pittman was found hiding on the third floor of an apartment building on Main Street.

The woman, who suffered a bullet wound from the shooting, was transported to a trauma center in Syracuse to treat her non-life-threatening injuries.

County judge Julie Campbell noted in court on Tuesday that if Pittman is convicted of attempted murder, he could face anywhere between 10-to-25 years in prison. The sentencing, she added, would be followed by post-release supervision.

Pittman is still being held in Cortland County Jail on a $250,000 cash bail, $500,000 secured bond, or $1,000,000 bail bond. He is scheduled to appear again in county court at 11:30 a.m. March 9.