After hearing dozens of witnesses testify over seven days, the jury in the trial of Utica College terror threat suspect Fahrudin Omerovic took an hour and a half to find Omerovic guilty of two counts of making a terror threat.
Omerovic admitted making the threats. His attorney tried to assert that he was impaired due to his abuse of the drug, Adderall. Multiple witnesses who interacted with Omerovic the day he made threatening phone calls to the UC campus, March 5th and 6th, said he appeared coherent and not impaired. Police officers who interviewed Omerovic March 6th offered similar testimony. Several students took the stand and testified, through tears, that they thought they'd never see their families again; that they feared someone would enter their classrooms any minute and shoot them. Staff and students testified about having to urinate in potted plants, candy jars and garbage cans.
The prosecutor said he hopes everyone is watching and gets the message.
"People understand this is not a prank, not a joke, real lives are at stake. And this verdict is going to send a message loud and clear that we take these things seriously," said Prosecutor, Grant Garramone.
Defense attorney, John Raspante, said he was aware of the evidence he was up against and warned Omerovic and his family for the possiblity of a guilty verdict. But he wants the UC students to know had no ill will against them, the college or anyone in it, and will pay a dear price for his actions of March 5th and 6th.
"He got there just like the rest of them, by working hard and studying hard and his dreams are shattered now, by his actions and there are consequences to them."
Fahrudin Omerovic will be sentenced January 29th in Oneida County Court. The judge may sentence him to between two and seven years on each of two counts of making a terror threat. The judge will decide if the sentences are served concurrently, as one, or consecutively-one after the other.