Second teenager pleads guilty in Onondaga Nation church arsons

| September 22, 2009

Syracuse, NY — A second Nedrow teenager admitted his guilt today in connection with the torching of two churches on the Onondaga Nation in July.

Dylan Antone, 17, of Route 11A, pleaded guilty before county Judge Anthony Aloi to a single felony count third-degree arson.

He admitted acting together with Jacob Homer to set fire to the Wesleyan Church among the Onondagas the morning of July 5.

The guilty plea satisfied burglary and arson charges from a second fire the same morning at the United Methodist Church Onondaga Mission.

Aloi promised Antone youthful offender treatment which will remove the felony conviction from his record and seal the case file. The judge promised Antone the maximum youthful offender sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison. Sentencing is Oct. 13.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Timothy Hennigan said Antone and Homer had been drinking and were just "screwing around" when they set fire to the two churches.

Defense lawyer Louis Mannara said Antone has a serious alcohol problem and had consumed "an extraordinary amount" of alcohol the morning of the fires. The lawyer said the teenager has indicated he had consumed almost two cases of beer that day.

Antone and Homer will be required to pay full restitution for the damage done to the two churches once that amount has been determined.

Homer, 16, of Hemlock Road, was sentenced earlier this month to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to the same arson count.

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