Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James has been taken into ‘permanent custody’ pending trial

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Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James was allegedly charged with ‘terrorist threats’ in the 1990s

Brooklyn subway gunman Frank James has been convicted of harassment following allegations he made terrorist threats in New Jersey in the 1990s, a court official confirmed to Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

James, 62, “has been charged with two counts of threatening terrorism for an incident that occurred in the mid-1990s” in New Jersey, confirmed Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. But at trial in Essex County Superior Court, he was “found guilty of harassment and sentenced to one year’s probation”, Carter said.

The spokesperson later wrote in an email that both charges of threatening terrorism were third-degree offenses under New Jersey law and were therefore felonies. But James was convicted of harassment, which is a “disorderly person” offence, not a felony.

A look at the criminal codes provided by Carter for each charge defines one of the terrorist threat counts, 2c:12-3b, as relating to a person who “threatens to kill another for the purpose of put him in imminent fear of death in circumstances which reasonably lead the victim to believe in the immediacy of the threat and the likelihood that it will be carried out.”

Count 2, 2c:12-3a, is defined by New Jersey law as applying to a person guilty of threatening “to commit a felony of violence for the purpose of terrorizing another or causing terror.” ‘evacuation of a building, place of assembly or installation’. public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. »

But James was instead convicted of harassment, a disorderly person offence, Penal Code 2c:33-4, the spokesman said. The penal code describes how a person is guilty of such an offense if he makes or causes “anonymous communications or at extremely inconvenient hours, or in grossly offensive language, or in any other manner likely to cause annoyance or the alarm”, behaves in an alarming way. manner or repeatedly acts in such a way as to “seriously annoy” another person. The charge also applies to someone who subjects someone else “to blows, kicks, shoves or other offensive touching, or who threatens to do so”, the penal code says. .

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Brooklyn subway shooting suspect Frank James was charged with ‘terrorist threats’ in the 1990s, court official says

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