UTICA, N.Y. -- Wednesday was day three in the trial of a former Utica College student.
Fahrudin Omerovic is accused of making threatening phone calls in March that put the whole campus on lockdown, and prompted the response of dozens of armed law enforcement members.
On Wednesday, the jury learned about the work done by the Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center as employees took the stand.
Workers learned the phone calls made on March 5th and 6th were made through an app, and used information provided by the people behind the app, as well as the companies whose internet was accessed, to narrow the caller down to Fahrudin Omerovic.
After that, Utica Police Investigator Robert Kopek testified and the jury watched his recorded interview with Omerovic from March 6th.
After getting another Utica Police member to talk to Omerovic, Omerovic admitted to making the calls, although he claimed he forgot what he said in some of them.
He said he had not taken drugs, and the phone calls were part of a prank that he did not plan before that day.
In response to the situation, Senator Joseph Griffo has announced a bill making a threat of mass violence a crime.
A press release from Griffo's office said:
Sen. Griffo’s bill (S8312) would amend the penal law and would establish a new crime of making a threat of mass violence toward a school, college or university, place of worship, mass gathering of twenty-five people or more or a business if the threat is made in writing, verbally communicated or expressed through any other means of communication.
The legislation creates two crimes:
· Making a threat of mass violence in the first degree would be considered a class D felony and would apply to anyone 18 years of age or older. The punishment for this crime would be a $35,000 fine and a sentence of no less than three years in prison.
· Making a threat of mass violence in the second degree apply to individuals under the age of 18 and carry a fine of $35,000 and a mandatory sentence of 10 days in a juvenile detention facility. Individuals over 18 who make a threat of mass violence against the school that they are attending would be charged with the same crime and administered the same punishment as an individual under the age of 18.