Second teen pleads guilty in double slaying

FONDA – The second teen accused in the killing of two other teenagers pleaded guilty Tuesday in Montgomery County Court.

Anthony Brasmeister, 17, of Belfance Road, Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder.

According to the office of Fulton County Judge Polly Hoye, who served as the judge in the Montgomery County proceeding, Brasmeister could be sentenced from 25 years to life in prison at his July 11 sentencing.

Last month, fellow defendant Michael Phelps, 16, of Snooks Corners Road, town of Florida, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slayings of Amsterdam residents Jonathan DeJesus, 13, and Paul Damphier, 16.

Phelps could receive 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on the same day as Brasmeister’s sentencing.

Phelps and Brasmeister were indicted in December on two counts each of second-degree murder and two counts each of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the killings.

Phelps and Brasmeister pleaded not guilty to their charges in January after they were indicted.

Damphier and DeJesus were killed July 9 in a field off Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida, authorities said. Both bodies were found July 19 with gunshot wounds, according to authorities.

Marsha Tiano, great-grandmother of DeJesus, said today while the family is glad to see the two boys convicted,

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life remains difficult.

“Justice was served, but nothing, no time that they serve, will take back what they took from our family,” Tiano said.

Tiano said that when Phelps and Brasmeister killed DeJesus, they took away the opportunity for his family to see him become a man.

“His brothers and sisters will never see him grow up,” Tiano said.

Deborah Tiano, grandmother of DeJesus, said the family accepted the plea.

She praised the conduct of District Attorney James “Jed” Conboy, saying he was helpful and always available to speak with the family.

Marsha Tiano said she was pleased to see the two pleaded guilty. She was afraid that if the case went to trial, there could have been a “glitch” that could have led to problems getting a conviction.

Deborah Tiano added the family was afraid a jury would see how young the defendants were and sympathize with them.

Marsha Tiano said members of the family are still troubled by the murder, with holidays and birthdays being particularly difficult.

She said memorial services will be held in the future.

Conboy said this morning, “Whenever you get a conviction, it’s good for the prosecution.”