UTICA, N.Y. -- The former Utica College student convicted of making a terroristic threat was sentenced to 12 years in state prison. And before he was led away, Fahrudin Omerovic addressed the court.
Omerovic was sentenced Thursday after the two-day lockdown at Utica College that happened nearly a year ago. That lockdown caused a heavy police presence on campus, and even students hiding under their desks – fearing for their lives.
Thursday in Oneida County Court, Omerovic begged the judge to be understanding.
"The events of March 5, 6 of 2018, I believe forever changed the landscape of this community and particularly the people of Utica college and the surrounding community,” Hon. Michael Dwyer said.
He asked the judge to be lenient with his sentence.
“The people I spent years alongside in classrooms. Seeing them testify in regards to what i lived through for what my selfishness and my drug abuse brought me to unknowingly make those mistakes your honor. I still do not remember it and I still ask for understanding. A just punishment, which I understand I will have to get,” Omerovic said.
Omerovic and loved ones were visibly emotional as the judge handed him his 12 year sentence, which includes 4 years of post-release supervision. The judge told Omerovic how his actions impacted the college.
“They have had to double the amount of officers patrolling the campus on a daily basis, they have had to significantly increase security measures in all of the residence halls, they have had to increase the number of cameras on campus,” Dwyer said.
The defense attorney feels the length of the sentence will ruin Omerovic's future.
"I believe that a message has already been sent prior to the sentencing. The response it's gotten by the media and the community has heard about this case the community already knows that there's going to be a harsh for this type of act and we do live in a different time and that's such actions terroristic threats type calls cannot be tolerated, but I say again, you can send a message, have a just punishment, without a lengthy prison sentence,” the defense said.
Omerovic also received another one to three years for a forgery charge that he pleaded guilty to that he will serve concurrent to his 12 year sentence.