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Prosecutor: At least one homemade bomb in alleged plot was 'functional'

February 05, 2019 01:40 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Three of the four suspects charged in an alleged plot to attack Muslims in New York appeared in court Tuesday for preliminary hearings.

Back in January, Greece Police arrested Brian Colaneri, Vincent Vetromile, Andrew Crysel, and a teenage boy who hasn't been identified. Investigators believe they wanted to bomb Islamberg, a small Muslim community near Binghamton.

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Greece Police say they found three homemade bombs in the basement of a house in Greece, which were sent to the FBI. The prosecutor tells News10NBC at least one of them was "functional."

All four suspects are facing three counts of criminal possession of a weapon and one count of conspiracy -- all felonies.

Police say they started looking into this case after the 16-year-old suspect made a comment during lunch at Greece Odyssey, and showed other students a picture saying, "he looks like a school shooter doesn't he?"

Muslims of America, a group linked to Islamberg, says this plot brought fears and unease to its community. A few years ago, a former congressional candidate from Tennessee was convicted of plotting to burn down a mosque in Islamberg.

Vetromile and Colaneri remain in jail. A hearing for both suspects is set for Monday at 4 p.m.; it will be canceled if the grand jury votes to indict the two before that.

Because Crysel is out on bail, his case is going straight to the grand jury.

The case against the 16-year-old is in youth court. His bail is $1 million.

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