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Greece bomb plot suspects appear in court; More charges dropped against defendant

June 20, 2019 05:19 PM

GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Three of the four young men accused of plotting to bomb an Islamic community near Binghamton were in court Thursday.

Three charges against one of the defendants were dropped, but as News10NBC's Jennifer Mobilia tells us, he's still facing some very serious charges.  

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Andrew Crysel had three charges, relating to the possession of explosive devices dropped, for now.  However, the District Attorney's Office can re-present those charges to the grand jury if prosecutors feel they have enough evidence for an indictment.  

Brian Colaneri, Andrew Crysel and Vincent Vetromile all appeared in court Thursday. 

At the time of their arrest, Greece Police say the men had built and were building homemade bombs to attack Islamberg, an Islamic community. Police say they found at least two functional bombs in the basement of the home of Vincent Vetromile in Greece.

Nicholas Pheilshifter, 16, is also in custody, but because of his age, his case is being handled in adolescent court. 

News10NBC spoke to Crysel's grandfather leaving court Thursday. He says his grandson has Asperger's.

"He's a good kid, and there's no malace involved whatsoever," said Wayne Crysel, Andrew's grandfather.

But the District Attorney's Office says even though some of the charges have been dropped, all three of the men are still facing very serious charges.

"Conspiracy in the second degree is a Class B felony. It's a Class B nonviolent felony. The two other counts in the indictment are both conspiracy in the fourth degree. Those are ordinarily Class E felonies. One of them is designated as a crime of terrorism and what that designation does is it both elevates the level of the crime from an E felony to a D felony and it also changes its classification from a D felony to a D violent felony," said Matthew Schwartz, Monroe County District Attorney's Office. 

All three men had their cases adjourned until next Friday.

While the District Attorney's Office declined to comment about possible plea deals, the judge was informed there are discussions happening.  

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