2nd man convicted of terrorism in synagogue fire bombings

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Posted: Nov 02, 2016 12:02 PM

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — A second New Jersey man has been convicted of terrorism charges after vandalizing and firebombing Jewish temples and a rabbi's home.

The Record reports (http://bit.ly/2e1aKhq) 24-year-old Aakash Dalal of Lodi also was convicted Tuesday of attempted arson and bias intimidation in the 2012 attacks. Dalal faces up to life in prison at his December sentencing.

The attack in Rutherford ignited a fire in the bedroom of a rabbi's residence. The rabbi, his wife, five children and his parents were sleeping at the time. No one was injured.

The case was the first to employ the state's anti-terrorism statute.

Defense attorney Brian Neary says they plan to appeal.

Dalal's friend Anthony Graziano also awaits sentencing after he was convicted of counts including terrorism earlier this year.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com