Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

Teen charged in 5-year-old cousin's murder

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Teen admits role in slayings of 2 Amsterdam boys

FONDA -- One of two teenage boys accused of killing two other Amsterdam teens has pleaded guilty to the killings.
 
16-year-old Matt Phelps of the town of Florida pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, admitting he took part in the shootings of 13-year-old Johnathan DeJesus and 16-year-old Paul Damphier, both of Amsterdam, last year.

Phelps is expected to be sentenced July 11 to 15 years to life in prison under the terms of a plea bargain Wednesday in Montgomery County Court.
 
As part of the deal, he agreed to testify against 16-year-old Anthony Brasmeister of Amsterdam, who's facing two counts of second-degree murder.
 
The victim's bodies were found in a soybean field outside Amsterdam on July 19, nine days after they were reported missing.

(No photo of Phelps is available)

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