Men charged in terror plot against Muslim community denied bail reduction


Bail remained the same on Friday for three of the four young men charged with terrorism crimes after prosecutors say they planned to attack the small hamlet of Islamberg located outside Binghamton.

Eighteen-year-old Andrew Crysel, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile, and 20-year-old Brian Colaneri face six felonies that include terrorism and conspiracy charges.

All three of them were being held without bail since they were arraigned a couple of months ago on the new indictment. At that hearing, the district attorney’s office added the terrorism charges.

The judge set bail on all three of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. All the defense attorneys argued that the men didn’t have a prior criminal record and have complied in all court appearances in efforts to reduce their bail amount.

They attempted to convince the judge to set the bail amount when the men originally were arrested in the Town of Greece aiming their clients could spend some time with their family as the case moves forward.

Defense attorneys even recommended home confinement and an ankle monitor, but the judge didn’t buy it. The attorney for Vetromile argued that defendants weren’t going to carry out the alleged planned attack in Islamberg and it was all talk.

“This indictment is not just about talk… this indictment, over a protracted period of time, coupled with planning and physical action, which in this case possession and bombs that were, in fact, functional,” said Daniel Strollo, assistant district attorney.

“He’s 18 years old, he has no record,” argued Jason Housel, Andrew Crysel’s attorney. “His grandparents have posted their house to secure bond. I know there are some requests for secure bond, his is secured. He’s not a flight risk.”

The defendant’s family were present in court but didn’t comment. Members of the Islamberg community sat in on the hearing as well. They previously told us they were going to be present for every proceeding in the case.

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