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Police: Teen took rifle, killed two in town

July 21, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

LOUDONVILLE-State police said they believe a 15-year-old used a rifle to kill two teenagers in the town of Florida on July 9.

At a news conference Friday, state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Steven James said the two victims - Johnathan Dejesus, 13, and Paul Damphier, 16, both of Amsterdam - were identified by dental records. The preliminary cause of death for the two boys were gunshot wounds to the torso. Police say the time of death was sometime July 9.

The bodies of the two boys were found Thursday in a field off of Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida.

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State police Major William Sprague speaks Friday at a news conference in Loudonville about the death of two Amsterdam boys. In the back are Amsterdam Police Detective Lt. Kurt Conroy, left, and state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Steven James.
The Leader-Herald/Arthur Cleveland

Police arrested a 15-year-old town of Florida resident and Anthony Brasmiester, 16, of Amsterdam, on Thursday. Both teens were each charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

James said police found one of the two in possession of firearms and ammunition. One of the firearms was a bolt-action rifle, which police said they believe was the murder weapon. Police said the 15-year-old took the rifle from the home of a family member.

The 15-year-old is the primary suspect in the case. Police said they believe he is the one who pulled the trigger.

The victims and the suspects were acquaintances of each other, James said.

The motive for the murders was not released to the press, but police said it is loosely connected to money or marijuana.

Both teens were arraigned in the Florida Town Court on Friday. Brasmiester is being held in the Schenectady County Jail, while the 15-year-old was sent to a secure juvenile facility.

James said the Crime Scene Unit is still processing the field where the bodies were found, which police believe was the crime scene.

State police are searching social media websites like Facebook for leads, James said.

State police, with assistance from Amsterdam police, found the two bodies in a field near Snooks Corners Road on Thursday. Police said the bodies were in open sight.

The Amsterdam School District had grief counselors from St. Mary's Hospital on hand at the Wilbur H. Lynch Academy on Friday to help students. They will be available at the Gloversville High School next week.

Authorities are 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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