Teenager admits guilt in Onondaga Nation church arson

| August 14, 2009

Syracuse, NY — One of two teenagers accused of setting fire to two churches on the Onondaga Nation last month pleaded guilty this week.

Jacob Homer, 16, of Hemlock Road, pleaded guilty before County Judge Anthony Aloi Tuesday to one felony count of third-degree arson in connection with the July 5 fire at the Wesleyan Chapel Among the Onondagas, according to Senior Assistant District Attorney Timothy Hennigan.

Hennigan said the plea satisfies charges stemming from a second fire the same morning at the United Methodist Church Onondaga Mission.

Homer was promised a sentence of 1 1/3 to four years in prison with youthful offender treatment which will remove the felony conviction from his record and seal the case file, Hennigan said. He also will be required to pay restitution for both damaged churches.

Arson and burglary charges still are pending against the second youth, 17-year-old Dylan Antone of Route 11A.





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