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Bronx Bomb Builder Christian Toro Sentenced to 70 Months In Prison Above 46 Month Guideline

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 22 – Christian Toro who has a teacher at charter high school in Harlem assembled a bomb and asked a student to call in a bomb threat received a 70 month prison sentence on May 22 from U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman. The sentencing guidelines, as agreed to in Christian Toro's plea agreement with the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman, were 37 to 46 months.

   After summarizing the Federal Defenders' arguments for a time-served sentence, Berman asked Christian Toro directly why he had assembled a bomb, including improved napalm and ball bearings. After some whispering, Christian Toro said he and his brother Tyler Toro, still to be sentenced, had been exposed to fireworks from an early age.

  This did not work. Judge Berman said, We cannot just have unexplained bombs in middle class apartments in The Bronx. He said he had never before sentenced above the guidelines in a plea agreement, but would do so in this case.

   Perhaps channeling the movie Network, Judge Berman said It is time we wake up to unacceptable behavior. He chided Christian Toro's family and friends for not stopping him. Then he imposed a 70 month sentence.

  Tyler Toro's sentencing submission includes a certificate from Iron Chef, ironic perhaps given the references to the ball bearings in the Bronx apartment. Inner City Press will continue to cover this case, and the context.


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