STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

UC terror threat suspect guilty of both counts

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.

Posted: Dec 4, 2018 6:12 PM

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.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2387008

Reported Deaths: 55028
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings31854810735
Queens30563110146
Suffolk2276353517
Nassau2067113252
Bronx2018546691
New York1615874604
Westchester1407802328
Erie990691882
Richmond857101904
Monroe780511156
Orange54508887
Rockland50893769
Onondaga45853714
Dutchess33770484
Albany28439368
Oneida25802548
Niagara22135383
Broome21773385
Saratoga18419191
Ulster16344271
Schenectady15293216
Rensselaer13319154
Putnam1184496
Chautauqua10940156
Oswego9623101
Chemung9069146
St. Lawrence8908116
Ontario854097
Steuben8394159
Cayuga7926101
Sullivan780781
Jefferson748971
Wayne697378
Cattaraugus672897
Genesee6067130
Herkimer6013117
Tompkins594659
Clinton567434
Madison540197
Fulton531097
Livingston518666
Montgomery5094133
Cortland482470
Warren470576
Columbia4655108
Tioga440067
Chenango419086
Otsego417451
Allegany401993
Greene395383
Washington394562
Wyoming391254
Orleans364584
Franklin353216
Lewis320736
Delaware307040
Seneca248059
Schoharie207620
Essex193929
Yates139926
Schuyler128416
Hamilton4083
Unassigned13542
Out of NY0290
Utica
Mostly Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 71°
Oneonta
Cloudy
69° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 69°
Herkimer
Mostly Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 71°
Old Forge
Partly Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 71°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
NEW Game Day Deals each week
Follow the 2021 Go the Distance Team - sponsored by Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy
Chapter Photofacial Therapy Giveaway
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve