- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 26-year-old man who apologized to a federal judge for hurling a firebomb at an unoccupied Portland police car in November 2012 has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/dl1igr ) that Sergey Turzhanskiy called his action “the greatest mistake I ever made in my life.”

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez sentenced the Portland man for possession of an unregistered destructive device. The sentence is part of a plea agreement that called for dismissal of the more serious charge of attempted arson.

The firebomb made out of a Pabst Blue Ribbon bottle damaged the car, which was parked at a police precinct. The man was quickly arrested.

In a sentencing memo, Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Peifer says the man sought to make a political statement. The memo says his arrest initially drew support from local and national anarchist groups.

He has paid $1,300 in restitution.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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