Sentencing of teens set for Thursday

FONDA – Two teens will be sentenced Thursday for their roles in the murders of two teenage boys last summer

Matthew Phelps, 16, of Snooks Corners Road, town of Florida and Anthony Brasmeister, 16, of Belfance Road, Amsterdam, pleaded guilty in April to charges stemming from the slayings of Amsterdam residents Jonathan DeJesus, 13, and Paul Damphier, 16.

Phelps pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and Brasmeister 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. Phelps could receive 15 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, two days after the one-year anniversary of the killings, Hoye’s office said.

Police arrested Phelps and Brasmiester a week after the murders, finding the bodies soon after.

The victims were found in a field on Snooks Corners Road in the town of Florida. DeJesus and Damphier were shot in the chest, police said.

The victims and the suspects were acquaintances of each other, James said.

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