A Bronx judge on Sunday night ordered the alleged vandalism at the Riverdale Synagogue to be released on a controlled release – overturning an earlier decision by an individual lawyer to leave the suspect on $ 20,000 bail.
The suspect, 29-year-old Jordan Burnett, was released on a supervised release by Judge Tara Collins at the Bronx Criminal Court – hours after he was sentenced on bail on 42 charges stemming from his alleged 11-day crime, Patrice O ‘ Shonessy, a spokesman for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, said.
Under New York State law, a suspect charged with Burnett’s charges cannot be held on bail.
But that did not stop Judge Louis Knock, who earlier on Sunday ordered Burnett detained instead of $ 20,000 ̵
THE MAN FROM NEW YORK ACCUSED OF A CRIME CRIME OF SYNAGOGENIC VANDALISM
“Given the number of attacks, we would probably ask for a substantial bail before January 2020,” Assistant District Attorney Theresa Gottlieb told Judge Louis Knock earlier Sunday.
“The legislature did not include hate crimes in its revision of the bail reform, and according to the law, as it exists today, this does not meet the conditions,” she added. “We will not break the law.”
However, Knock ruled after deciding that “breaking glass” was a violent crime.
Burnett is accused of smashing synagogue doors and windows, smashing multiple car windows – and pouring Adath Israel prayer books into hand sanitizer before throwing them into a nearby forest.
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A number of charges against Burnett are crimes related to hate crimes.
It was not immediately clear why Burnett was summoned to court again on Sunday night – or why he was granted bail.
This story was originally published by the New York Post.