Man rejects plea deal in Utica College threat case


The former Utica College student accused of making terroristic threats on campus has rejected a plea offer of 10 years in state prison.

Fahrudin Omerovic, 23, of Utica, rejected the plea offer before county Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer this morning, according to court officials. Omerovic is charged with two counts of making a terroristic threat, a felony. Omerovic’s case will now proceed to trial. He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison if convicted at trial.

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 hundreds of law enforcement officers conducted a thorough sweep and evacuation, which lasted several hours.

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

Raspante said Omerovic is remorseful for the prank, but they think 10 years in prison is too severe a punishment. The 10-year plea deal was offered by the District Attorney’s Office.


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