UTICA – The man accused of making terroristic threats against Utica College last month appeared in Oneida County Court on Thursday and asked for more time to consider a plea offer.
Fahrudin Omerovic, 23, was arraigned last week on two counts of felony making a terroristic threat. Police say that on March 5-6, Omerovic called in threats to Utica College saying he had a gun and was in a building somewhere on campus. Police say he used a phone app to disguise his voice and used another technique to block his number so it couldn’t be traced.
On March 5, the entire Utica College campus was on lockdown for hours as local, state and federal authorities searched the campus.
Omerovic initially pleaded not guilty to the charges last week, but then he was presented with a plea deal from the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office to plead guilty in exchange for 10 years in prison. If Omerovic turns down the deal, he would go to trial and could ultimately be sentenced to seven years in prison on each charge, for a total of 14 years.
Omerovic’s attorney says he is conflicted about the length of time being offered in the plea deal.
"As you can surmise, this is a lot for my client to accept. A lot for his parents to accept; his 12-year old sister to accept,” said John Raspante, Omerovic’s defense attorney.
"It's not just his life that's going to be impacted, but his parents, his sister,” Raspante said. “There's a lot at stake here."
Omerovic is due back in court with his decision on May 18.