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Vernon teen who shot his father will learn his fate September 10

By By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Vernon teen who admitted to killing his father in January 2008 will learn his fate next week.

Joseph Giacona III spent the day in Oneida County Family Court for a sentencing hearing.

Five witnesses took the stand: two psychiatrists who examined the teen, the teen's mother, a probation officer and school social worker.

Then, the county attorney and Giacona's defense attorney made brief closing arguments, outlining their recommendations for the teen's treatment.

Defense Attorney Carl Graziadei cited one psychiatrist's opinion that Giacona should be placed on probation; that the teen would be best served by being allowed to return home and live with his mother.

Assistant County Attorney Ray Bara cited a county-hired psychiatric expert and probation report, saying the teen should be placed in a facility.

"This isn't a simple solution to a simple problem," Bara said. "This is a complex problem that needs a complex solution and really being in a controlled environment such as a placement facility is the only place that that can be given."

Oneida County Family Court Judge Randal Caldwell told all parties to be back in court Thursday, September 10, for his decision.

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