NEW YORK (AP) — A man who forced the evacuation of thousands of people from Liberty Island by calling in a bomb threat has been sentenced to time served.
Manhattan federal Judge Vernon Broderick said Monday that a prison sentence for 43-year-old Jason Paul Smith would harm the psychological progress he made after his arrest.
His lawyer, Jennifer Willis, said her client has been living at a homeless shelter and benefiting from services there.
Broderick noted Smith is deaf and programs in prison facilities could not help him.
Over 3,200 people were evacuated after Smith used the name of a 1993 World Trade Center bombing conspirator to call in his threat in April 2015.
Originally from West Virginia, Smith pleaded guilty in June to conveying a hoax.