“Incel” gets no prison sentence for Manhattan bombing swindle

An internet provocateur who identified himself as involuntarily celibate — or “incel” — avoided jail time when he was sentenced Wednesday for making threats outside a Manhattan restaurant where two women dined last year to detonate a bomb.

Before his sentencing, Malik Sanchez, 20, apologized to the women he had threatened and said the bomb hoax – which he livestreamed online – was the act of an “immature and reckless child”.

Manhattan Federal Court Judge Colleen McMahon interrupted his play and told Sanchez his actions were “those of a sick person” – but agreed with his court-appointed attorney that he took steps to change his life.

The judge said Sanchez, who in the time since his arrest has been finishing high school and is hoping to join the military, is a “court success story.”

McMahon sentenced Sanchez – who faced up to five years behind bars – to served time, counting the 23 days he spent incarcerated after his arrest and nine months of house arrest.

In letters filed before the sentencing, the victims described how terrified they were when Sanchez approached them at a Flatiron District restaurant and said he would “improve their meal.”

“Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar. Bomb blast in two, two minutes. I’ll take you and kill you all. I’ll kill you all right away. And I’ll kill you all for Allah,” Sanchez fumed at the women in February 2021, according to the indictment.

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Sanchez apologized for his actions and said his bomb threats were childish and immature.
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In one of the letters, an unidentified victim said she moved out of state after the ordeal because she was so afraid of the hoax.

“For the next few weeks I lived with my parents in Pennsylvania, too scared to return to city life. I was convinced there was a terrorist operating in my neighborhood who was ready to use actual violence at any moment,” the victim wrote.

“Mr. Sanchez changed my belief in humanity and made me realize that there are really bad people out there who enjoy seeing others suffer,” she added.

Prosecutors asked that Sanchez – who pleaded guilty to hoax in November – be jailed, arguing he had seven previous arrests since he was a teenager.

“He has been a threat to the community for years while also promoting an incel ideology,” said U.S. Assistant Attorney Kaylan Lasky.

The judge noted that imprisonment was a difficult decision because of the trauma suffered by the victims.

She ordered Sanchez to serve a three-year supervised release as part of the sentence.

Before McMahon let him go, McMahon sternly warned Sanchez that if he didn’t comply with all the restrictions placed on him by the federal parole board, she would likely land him in prison.

“Someone will be looking over your shoulder for the next three years. And that’s appropriate for what you’ve done,” she said. “Incel” gets no prison sentence for Manhattan bombing swindle


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