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Teens indicted in murder case

December 20, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted two teenagers on murder and weapons charges in the July 9 killings of two other teenagers.

Matthew Phelps, 15, of Snooks Corners Road, town of Florida, and Anthony Brasmeister, 16, of Belfance Road, Amsterdam, were indicted on two counts each of second-degree murder and two counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the slayings of Amsterdam residents Jonathan DeJesus, 13, and Paul Damphier, 16, according to the office of District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy.

Both boys will be tried as adults, Conboy said previously.

Montgomery County Court Clerk Timothy Riley said the two will appear in court once a judge has been selected for the case.

"We need a judge to confirm if they will accept the case," Riley said.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Guy Tomlinson and Montgomery County Court Judge Felix Catena both recused themselves from the case. According to Riley, Fulton County Court Judge Polly Hoye would be the next possible judge on the list.

Riley said the boys will have to appear in court by Jan. 19 to answer the charges.

According to police, Phelps and Brasmeister took DeJesus and Damphier into a field off Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida on July 9 near the property of Phelps' grandparents. According to police, DeJesus and Damphier were shot with a rifle and left in the field.

On July 19, the bodies were found in the field.

Both boys were killed by what police say were gunshot wounds to the torso.

The case was investigated by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations.



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