South Florida synagogue bomb plotter sentenced to 25 years | Miami Herald

During his sentencing hearing, James Medina, who has serious mental health problems, urged the judge to place him in a U.S. prison’s medical facility so he can be treated for a cyst in his brain. “I just need help,” Medina told the judge. “I need your help.”




Synagogue bomb plotter gets 25 years. But his first stop is prison mental ward

A Hollywood man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up an Aventura synagogue suffers from such acute psychosis due to a cyst in his brain that he will be placed in a U.S. prison’s medical facility while serving at least 25 years, a federal judge in Miami ruled Tuesday.

James Gonzalo Medina, 41, who was arrested last year on a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, will be treated and then likely placed in a general prison population, Judge Robert Scola said.

“This is a very, very serious offense,” Scola said, noting that without the FBI’s “intervention,” many Jewish people at the synagogue could have died as a result of Medina’s bomb threat.

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