A former New York City high school teacher along with his brother on Monday pleaded guilty to trying to construct a bomb with volatile substances stashed in their flat, federal prosecutors declared.
Christian Toro, the former educator, along with his brother Tyler Toro, both 28, were arrested in February and charged with stockpiling materials for making bombs in their shared flat in town’s Bronx borough. They pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing and possessing a destructive device conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman at Manhattan, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman.
Amy Gallicchio, an attorney for Christian Toro, and Bryan Konoski, an attorney for Tyler Toro, couldn’t immediately be contacted for comment.
In a criminal complaint filed in the time of their brothers’ arrest, prosecutors said law enforcement representatives who hunted their apartment found volatile substances and a back pack having a sign card reading,”Beneath the complete moon that the tiny ones will understand terror.”
Agents also discovered a book that seemed to be a journal with Tyler Toro’s title on it, using a line stating, “WE ARE TWIN TOROS STRIKE US NOW, we’ll RETURN WITH NANO-THERMITE,” the complaint said.
Christian Toro was an instructor in a high school in Manhattan’s Harlem area before resigning last year. After the resignation, Tyler Toro returned into the faculty a pc which was given for his brother, and team discovered directions on it for constructing explosive devices, according to the complaint.
Researchers stated Christian Toro told them he’d discovered the record whilst exploring the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing rather than read it or had assembled a bomb, according to the complaint.
About a week after, researchers interviewed pupils at the faculty who suggested at least 2 pupils there’d been paid about $50 an hour to split apart fireworks and shop powder for both guys, the criminal complaint said.