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Two charged in teens' deaths

July 20, 2012

AMSTERDAM - Two city teenagers were charged Thursday in the deaths of two other city teenagers, who were shot last week and found Thursday in a field off Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida, state police said today.

Anthony E. Brasmiester, 16, of Amsterdam, was charged at the Amsterdam police station at 9 p.m. with two counts of intentional murder, state police reported.

Another youth, a 15-year-old Amsterdam boy whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with one count of intentional murder, police reported.

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The Leader-Herald/Arthur Cleveland
A state police officer allows investigators onto Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida in the area where two unidentified bodies were found Thursday.

The two teens are accused of killing 13-year-old Johnathan DeJesus of Clinton Avenue and Paul Damphier, 16.

A family member of one of the two city teenage boys who went missing July 9 today said police notified the boys' families that they were killed and two suspects are in custody.

"We were notified last night," said Marsha Tiano of Gloversville, great-grandmother of DeJesus.

Tiano said police told her DeJesus and Damphier were murdered.

An upset Tiano said the family "doesn't know" why the boys were allegedly murdered but was looking for answers.

State police crime scene technicians from the forensics investigation unit were on the scene Thursday afternoon, and the Amsterdam Police Department was providing assistance to the state police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, according to a news release from the department.

Snooks Corners Road was blocked off from non-residents as police investigated the scene Thursday evening.

James Mead, who lives across the road from the field that the remains were found in, said the police arrived sometime around noon.

"I know the area. I used to work that land," Mead said. "It's pretty rough. A lot of trees, a lot of brush.

"This neighborhood, it's always been a nice, quiet neighborhood," he said. "From where they tell me where they found the bodies, it's a long walk from the road," Mead said.

Scott Phelps, whose parents live on Snooks Corners Road, came to his parents' house to find the police there.

According to Phelps, police were using his parents' property as they investigated the scene.

Authorities were asking anyone with information to contact Amsterdam police at 842-1100 and ask to speak with an investigator or a detective.



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