OSWEGO, NY – The cases for the three teenaged boys who were arrested in connection with the murder of a town of Granby man were waived from town court to Oswego County Court where, if the case goes to trial, they would be treated as adults.
Town of Granby Justice Bruce Wells said on Thursday, “We no longer have jurisdiction on the case.” He noted the paperwork for the cases was forwarded to the Oswego County Court Clerk on Tuesday.
Michael H. Celi, 17, of 9 McHarrie St., Glenwood E. Carr Jr., 16, of 610 Lamson Road, and Zachary M. Scott, 19, of 7645 VanBuren Road, all Baldwinsville addresses, were each arrested and arraigned early Monday morning.
The young men are charged with the class A-1 Felony of Murder in the 2nd degree and the class B Felony of Burglary in the 1st degree in connection with their alleged involvement in the death of Anthony Miller, at his town of Granby residence in February.
In statements made to New York State Police officers, Celi, Carr Jr. and Scott said they went to Miller’s trailer the night of Super Bowl Sunday to steal “an ounce of marijuana” because Miller allegedly owed Carr Jr.’s father and uncle money.
According to their statements as relayed and sworn by investigators, it is alleged that they armed themselves, two wore ski masks and gloves and once at the Miller residence Celi encountered the man inside.
Investigators reported that Celi told them he struck Miller in the head with a hammer and then Miller ran into the 10-inch kitchen knife that Celi brought from home.
Investigators further alleged that two of the defendants stated Scott, armed with a metal pipe, and Carr Jr., armed with a butter knife, went into the home after Celi was inside and saw him standing over a man in the hallway.
Carr Jr. and Scott then stole marijuana, a carton of cigarettes and “smoking bongs,” then fled the scene, according to the police depositions.
Carr Jr. is alleged to have told investigators that he learned the next day that Miller was dead and questioned Celi about what happened.
“He thought (Miller) might die because he was bleeding all over,” the police statement said. “Celi told me he hit Tony with a hammer … during the struggle for the knife he stabbed Tony.”
Police noted in their report that the victim suffered stab wounds and blunt force trauma which resulted in his death.
On Monday, after the defendants were arraigned in the town of Granby Court District Attorney Greg Oakes said, “Since the murder charges have just been filed and are actively pending, I cannot speak about the case on the record due to ethical restrictions.”
The DA noted that it was likely he and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bell would be handling the cases.
With respect to waiving the cases to Oswego County Court, according to New York State Criminal Procedure Law, a youth 16-18 years old charged with a Class A-I or A-II felony may not be treated as a youthful offender.
The legislature reasoned that those types of offenses are so severe that the defendant should not be shielded from the criminal conviction.
According law, since Murder in the Second Degree is an A-I felony, none of the defendants would be eligible for youthful offender treatment if they are convicted of that offense.
A spokesman at County Court said the cases have not yet been scheduled before a judge.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman at the Oswego County Correctional Facility said the three men remain in custody without bail.