Prosecutors: Cries didn't stop NJ synagogue bomber

January 31, 2012 - 12:45 PM

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a New Jersey man admitted firebombing two New Jersey synagogues, telling investigators he kept throwing incendiary devices even after he heard screams.

But Anthony Graziano's attorney says his client has psychological and emotional problems and the admission shouldn't be taken seriously.

The Record newspaper (http://bit.ly/xtrjjY) reports that Graziano pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an additional charge that he planned to attack a Jewish center in Passaic.

A judge reduced the 19-year-old's bail from $5 million to $2.5 million, saying he doesn't have the money to post bond.

Graziano had previously pleaded not guilty to nine counts of attempted murder as well as bias intimidation and arson charges for a Jan. 11 attack on a Rutherford synagogue and a Jan. 3 firebombing on a Paramus synagogue.

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Information from: The Record, http://www.northjersey.com