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Pa. man sentenced for tossing bomb

August 17, 2000

Pa. man sentenced for tossing bomb



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted of throwing a Molotov cocktail through the window of a man from whom he bought a used car was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas to 18 months in Franklin County Prison.

Brandon H. Arthur, 19, of 1574 Palm Spring Drive, was also placed on probation for nine years. Judge John R. Walker also fined him $300 and ordered him to pay restitution to his victim, Hristos Lamnatos of Chambersburg.

Arthur had pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit arson, a first-degree felony, on June 26, according to court records.

According to Chambersburg police records, Arthur had conspired with another man to throw the kerosene bomb through the window at Lamnatos' home five days after Lamnatos sold him a car.

During the sentencing hearing Arthur told Walker it had been the other man's idea to fire bomb the house.

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"I think you wanted it to burn because he sold you a lemon," Walker said, rejecting Arthur's attempt to shift the blame. "You've got to grow up and start telling the truth," he said.

The bomb, made from a 40-ounce malt liquor bottle filled with kerosene and with a rag wick in the neck, failed to ignite when it went through the window, according to police records.

Walker told Arthur he could have sentenced him to state prison but, "You'd probably be someone's girlfriend within three months."

Instead Walker told him, "You'll be singing 'Silent Night' out at the county prison this Christmas."

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