Jew Gets 10 Years
Fla. (AP) - An
Orthodox Jew was sentenced to 10 years in
prison Tuesday for planting a pipe bomb at
a Jewish center to try to prevent former
Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Harry Shapiro, 31, planted the
pipe bomb at the Jacksonville Jewish
Center in February and pleaded guilty a
month later. The device, found nine days
later, was a dud.
"To Mr. Peres, I apologize, for I was
wrong in thinking I should be part of your
punishment," Shapiro said in court. "Your
punishment will come from heaven and no
man should or will be a part of it."
U.S. District Judge Ralph W.
Nimmons Jr. sentenced Shapiro for
using an explsive to threaten a foreign
official, internationally protected person
and official guest of the U.S.
By pleading guilty, Shapiro avoided an
additional federal charge of using an
explosive in the commission of a crime,
which could have sent him to prison for
another 30 years if convicted.
Police believe the device was planted
February 13, the day of Peres' visit, and
missed by security teams. Children found
the dud pipe bomb February 22.