Trial date set in Utica College case

Published Jul 18, 2018 at 4:00pm

A trial date was set at Oct. 1 for the former Utica College student accused of making terroristic threats on campus.

Fahrudin Omerovic, 23, of Utica, appeared briefly before County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer Tuesday morning and again rejected the plea offer of 10 years in state prison. Dwyer then set the jury order for Oct. 1.

Omerovic is charged with two counts of making a terroristic threat. He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities said on March 5, Omerovic made several telephone calls to the county 9-1-1 Center threatening violence at Utica College. The campus was placed on lockdown and law enforcement officers conducted a thorough sweep and evacuation of the campus.

The following day, authorities said Omerovic repeated the threats. Authorities said there was no indication that Omerovic planned to carry out his threats. Omerovic’s defense attorney, John Raspante, said the calls were a “prank” that got out of hand.