Teenager apologizes during sentencing for Onondaga Nation church arsons

| October 14, 2009

A Nedrow teenager offered an apology today as he was sentenced for torching two churches on the Onondaga Nation in July.

"I’d just like to say I’m sorry," Dylan Antone told County Judge Anthony Aloi.

Antone, 17, of Route 11A, pleaded guilty last month to one count of third-degree arson in connection with a July 5 fire at the Wesleyan Chapel Among the Onondagas. The guilty plea satisfied burglary and arson charges from a second fire the same morning at the United Methodist Church Onondaga Mission.

Aloi sentenced Antone to 1 1/3 to 4 years in state prison and gave him youthful offender treatment removing the felony conviction from his record.

Defense lawyer Louis Mannara told the judge Antone had consumed as much as two cases of beer and smoked marijuana the morning of the fires.

The lawyer said there was no "evil intent" targeting the churches.

Mannara said Antone has not been in school for most of the last seven years in addition to dealing with the death of his mother two years ago from brain, lung and breast cancer.

Aloi said there may have been no evil intent in the crimes but there was "an evil result" that seriously affected the lives of both churches’ parishoners.

Aloi said he hoped Antone would address his drinking and drug problem while in prison to prove that he is not "an evil person."

A second Nedrow teenager, Jacob Homer, 16, of Hemlock Road, was sentenced last month to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison for his role in the two church fires.



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