Suspects in Islamberg bomb plot appear in court in Greece


Three of the four people arrested for plotting a bomb attack against a Muslim community in upstate New York last month were in court Tuesday, Feb. 5.

We spoke to the assistant district attorney and the attorney of Andrew Crysel, one of the individuals accused of planning an attack in Islamberg, an Islamic community near Binghamton, last month.

He’s the only one who posted bail and was present in court with his family. Crysel is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree.

Police said they found three bombs which were made with mason jars, black powder and projectiles like BBs and nails. Police also seized 23 guns during searches of homes related to the suspects.

Crysel’s attorney says his client is autistic and he had no intention of harming people despite what many have seen online of his client playing with airguns.

His case now has been referred to a grand jury where the DA’s office says more charges may be added.

The other accused men, Brian Colaneri and Vince Vetromile, were also in court Tuesday. Their attorneys and family had no comment. 

The DA’s office says the minor’s case is being handled in family court.

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