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  • Man pleads guilty to attacking woman during Elmira burglary

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  • A man with a long criminal history has pleaded guilty to attacking an Elmira woman in her bedroom, beating her and stealing her purse, according to Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore.
    Edward R. Mitchell, 30, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in Chemung County Court last week.
    According to Wetmore, a female woke up around 10 p.m. in her apartment on Baty Street in Elmira to find Mitchell in her bedroom.
    Mitchell jumped on the bed and began beating her, asking where her money was. The attack stopped when he spotted the victim’s purse on the floor next to the bed and ran off with it.
    The victim suffered lacerations and bruises to her face and head.
    Responding officers from the Elmira Police Department tracked a lone set of footprints in the freshly fallen snow back to a driveway at 450 South Ave.
    In the space between the vehicle parked in the driveway and the front of the garage, police officers found Mitchell wearing a black face mask, crouched down on his hands and knees with the victim’s purse and its contents spilled out on the ground.
    First-degree burglary is a Class B violent felony involving an intrusion into a residence where the victim is injured during the crime.
    Mitchell pleaded guilty in exchange for a recommended sentence of 10 years in state prison followed by five years of post-release supervision, as well as restitution to the victim.
    He will be sentenced July 28 by Judge James Hayden.
    Mitchell has a long criminal history including a prior felony, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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