An Auburn man with an extensive criminal history pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in Cayuga County Court on Monday.
Darius E. Brown, of Auburn, attacked a 68-year-old man at his Auburn home when he sheltered a victim, whom he did not know. The victim turned out to be Brown’s sister. The pair were involved in a domestic incident, and Brown had been driving erratically before stopping randomly in front of Brown’s house.
Brown’s sister, who was the intended target of his violence that night stopped in front of the 68-year-old’s house. Brown’s sister ran into the victim’s house. District Attorney Jon Budelmann says that Brown then chased the woman into the house, punching the 68-year-old in the face repeatedly. He then kicked the victim numerous times, as he lay there on the floor.
Budelmann says Brown then fled the scene, but his sister identified him to responding officers. Brown was on parole at the time and was ultimately arrested the next day on assault charges.
Restraining order, a mandate to pay the victims medical bills, as well as five years of supervision will follow the six year prison sentence. Brown was convicted under a 2008 law making assault on a senior citizen a felony. At the time he committed the crime, Brown was on parole for convictions of second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree assault, third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, second-degree escape, and attempted promoting prison contraband.
Those convictions were out of Wayne and Seneca County Court systems, according to Budelmann. Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina handled the prosecution.
Budelmann added, “The victim in this case served his Country, served his community, and saved this defendant’s sister from the defendant violently attacking her. Essentially, this heroic victim took the blows the defendant had intended for his own sister. In contrast to the victim, this defendant has spent his adult life not serving his community, but rather committing multiple violent crimes and victimizing others. I thank the victim for his service and commend him for his courage in helping a stranger in this case. The defendant’s sentence is appropriate considering this crime and his lengthy record of violence and other serious crimes.”