ROCHESTER, NY (AP) – Three young men accused of plotting to attack a Muslim community in upstate New York with homemade explosives pleaded guilty on Friday.
The three men and a 16-year-old high school student from the Rochester area were arrested in January and accused of planning to attack the community of Islamberg, near Binghamton. Police have said the defendants had access to 23 rifles and shotguns and three homemade explosive.
Investigators uncovered the plot after a student reported a suspicious comment in a lunchroom.
Vincent Vetromile, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces seven to 12 years in prison. Brian Colaneri, 20, and Andrew Crysel, 19, pleaded guilty to terrorism-related conspiracy. Each faces four to 12 years in prison.
“Mr Colaneri and Mr Crysel both admitted to conspiracy, they both admitted to agreeing to … essentially kill members of the community in Islamberg,” assistant district attorney Matthew Schwartz told reporters outside of court. “And Mr Vetromile, he admitted to his role as it related to the acquiring, if you will, the various explosive devices.”