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 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.