Nation IN BRIEF : NEW YORK : Jury Convicts Man of Subway Bombings

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

An unemployed computer programmer who claimed Prozac-induced insanity drove him to firebomb two New York City subway trains was convicted of attempted murder and assault. The jury deliberated about six hours before convicting Edward Leary of setting off the bombs that injured about 50 people--17 of them seriously--in the two weeks before Christmas 1994. Prosecutors contended Leary, 50, of Scotch Plains, N.J., had planned to extort money by threatening to set off more bombs. Leary could get anywhere from 8 1/3 to more than 100 years in prison at his sentencing on April 18.

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