High court to dispute terrorist, gang sentence against BX man

The Court of Appeals is reviewing a terrorism and gang sentence that put a Bronx man in jail for 40 years to life. Edgar Morales

THE BRONX - The Court of Appeals is reviewing a terrorism and gang sentence that put a Bronx man in jail for 40 years to life.

Edgar Morales was found guilty of manslaughter for starting a fight at a Christening party that left a 10-year-old girl dead and another person paralyzed. The Saint James Boys gang member was then convicted under the state's anti-terrorism statute after prosecutors argued that he tried to intimidate the entire population.

A mid-level appellate court ruled that Morales was not a terrorist and deserved a lower sentence of up to 25 years in prison. The high court is expected to make a ruling next month.

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