Two Women Given 15 Years for New York Area Bombings
JOHN M. DOYLE
May. 01, 1986
NEW YORK (AP) _ Two women have been sentenced to 15 years in prison for their roles in a two-year series of New York-area bombings.
Carol Ann Manning, 30, and Barbara Curzi, 28, each were sentenced Wednesday to six years for two bombings and three years for bombing conspiracy. U.S. District Judge I. Leo Glasser ordered the prison terms to run consecutively.
The women, who could have been sentenced to up to 25 years, were among six people convicted in March of participating in a wave of bombings between 1982 and 1984 attributed to a group calling itself the United Freedom Front.
All six were convicted of conspiracy and the May 1983 bombings of an Army Reserve center in Uniondale and a Naval Reserve center in Queens. Four men also were convicted of other bombings.
The six originally were charged in connection with 10 bombings of military installations and corporate offices and one attempted bombing. No one was injured in any of the blasts, which were proceeded by warning calls, but several sites sustained heavy damage.
On Tuesday, Raymond Luc Levasseur, 39, and Richard Charles Williams, 38, were each entenced to 45 years for their roles in the case.On Monday, Glasser sentenced Jaan Karl Laaman, Ms. Curzi's husband, to 53 years in prison.
The sixth defendant, Mrs. Manning's husband, Thomas, 39, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
All of the five defendants sentenced so far have read statements condemning racism, while espousing ''the armed clandestine movement.''
The United Freedom Front claimed responsibility for the bombings, saying they were to protest South Africa's racial separation policy of apartheid and the U.S. role in Central America. The six defendants denied they were guilty of the bombings but said they supported the front's actions.