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ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man pleaded guilty Monday to selling heroin in May 2016 and attempting to possess a weapon.

Jovon Monk, 32, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, and second-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

On the first charge he could get a maximum of 12 years in prison, and for the second, he could get a maximum of seven years, Assistant District Attorney Eliza Filipowski said.

As part of the plea agreement, the district attorney’s office is recommending three years for the first charge plus three years of post-release supervision and four years with five years of post-release supervision on the second charge to be served concurrently.

At the court appearance Monday, Monk admitted to selling heroin on May 18, 2016. He also admitted to attempting to possess a firearm on May 19. According to the indictment, Monk was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle with a fully loaded .38 caliber firearm in the glovebox. Records state the gun was loaded with hollow-point bullets on a five-round magazine with a bullet in the chamber.

Monk is due to reappear in court for sentencing at 9:15 a.m. May 26.

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.