A federal judge ordered this Thursday that the man accused of the shooting in a New York subway car, named Frank James, continue to be imprisoned without right to bail, during a brief hearing in which the detainee has not pleaded guilty.
James’s court-appointed public defender, Mia Eisner-Grynberg, has agreed to allow her client to remain in federal custody without bond, though I could ask the court for bail lateraccording to local media.
He has also asked that James, who wore the cream uniform of the federal prison where he is held in Brooklyn, undergo a psychiatric evaluation, given his history.
The prosecution has assured the court during the hearing in federal court in Brooklyn County that the shooting “was premeditated” and that the suspect wore a construction worker’s helmet and jacket as a disguise and then took them off to avoid being recognized. .
“The defendant frighteningly opened fire on passengers on a crowded train, interrupting their morning commute in a way this city has not seen in over twenty years,” prosecutor Sara Winik said of the incident. It happened around 08:30 in the morning, rush hour.
The attacker launched two smoke bombs and then began to shoot indiscriminately at the occupants of a train on the N line in Brooklyn, leaving ten gunshot wounds and thirteen more who had to be treated for various injuries or intoxications caused during the event.
could be sentenced to life in prison
“The defendant’s attack was premeditated, was carefully planned and caused terror among the victims and our entire city,” said the prosecutor, who has warned that if James is released “he presents a serious risk of danger to the community”, for which he has requested that he be detained pending trial.
James was arrested 30 hours after shooting on a city subway line, after he himself alerted authorities to his location, next to a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in lower Manhattan.
The prosecution has further argued that the defendant had the means to carry out further attacks.such as ammunition and other gun-related accessories that he kept in a Philadelphia warehouse.
Also, the day before the shooting, the defendant rented a U-Haul truck in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which he drove over the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge and into Brooklyn in the early morning hours of April 12, when he carried out the attack.
“The defendant arrived in Brooklyn prepared with all the weapons and tools necessary to carry out the massive attack, which included a Glock 17 pistol, a can of gasoline, a torch and fireworks,” according to the prosecution.
The 62-year-old defendant, who did not resist his arrest, risks life in prison for carrying out a terrorist-type armed attack on a public means of transportation, according to the federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, Breon Peace.