Amsterdam teens sentenced in double-murder

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AMSTERDAM, N.Y. – Two teenagers who pleaded guilty to killing two fellow teens in Montgomery County last year have been sentenced.

17-year-old Anthony Brasmeister, of Amsterdam, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, admitting he took part in the shootings of 13-year-old Johnathan DeJesus and 16-year-old Paul Damphier, both of Amsterdam.

16-year-old Matt Phelps, of the town of Florida, has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against Brasmeister.

Police say the two teens took the victims into a field in July 2012 and shot them with a rifle. Their bodies were found ten days after they were killed in a remote field near where they were last seen, off Snooks Corners Road in the Montgomery County Town of Florida.

Thursday, family members of Jonathan and Paul spoke about losing the teens.

“It was for nothing,” Jonathan's mom, Bridget Masesie, said.  “He was just a baby.”

“How do two young boys at the age of 15 and 16 have the mentality to go through such a heinous act?” Sandra Damphier asked.

One year later, Sandra Damphier is still trying to comprehend what led Brasmeister and Phelps to pull the trigger on two fellow teens.

“I don't understand how Anthony could pretend to be my brother's friend,” Paul's sister, Nicole Damphier, said. “My brother trusted him and he never saw it coming.” 

She said it feels like half of her is missing.  “He was such a great kid.  He would do anything for anybody.”

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