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Killers’ statements offer new details about Amsterdam teens’ murders

Anthony Brasmeister, in orange jumpsuit, and Matt Phelps sit with their lawyers before sentencing in Montgomery County Court in July.
Anthony Brasmeister, in orange jumpsuit, and Matt Phelps sit with their lawyers before sentencing in Montgomery County Court in July.
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July 2012 was hot. It touched nearly 100 degrees at one point — heat stroke weather. That heat withered crops, browned lawns and interrupted the plans of two Amsterdam teenagers. On July 9, Matt Phelps and Anthony Brasmeister lined up and shot their two friends, Paul Damphier and Jonathan DeJesus, in the forehead. They did it in a soybean field behind Phelps’ house on Snooks Corners Road south of Amsterdam — a field of clay ...


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