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16-year-old Matthew Phelps is pictured exiting the Montgomery County Courthouse in January after an arraignment. Phelps on Wednesday pleaded guilty to murdering Amsterdam teens Paul Damphier and Jonathan DeJesus.


Phelps pleads guilty to murdering Amsterdam teens

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - Updated: 3:52 PM

FONDA — 16-year-old Matthew Phelps pleaded guilty Wednesday at Montgomery County Court to murdering Jonathan DeJesus and Paul Damphier last summer in a town of Florida soybean field.

He faces between 15 years to life in prison when he's sentenced July 11.

Phelps admitted his guilt to each charge of second-degree murder, the most serious charges in the eight-count December indictment.

In addition to waiving his right to appeal, Phelps agreed to testify against Amsterdam teen Anthony Brasmeister, who is also accused of the crime.

Brasmeister's trial is still slated for June.

Damphier and DeJesus were reported missing to authorities July 10; their bodies were

found nine days later when state police and the Amsterdam Police

Department investigated a tip about what they described as "human

remains" found in a long field the morning of July 19.

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