Prosecutors: Graziano confessed to Rutherford temple firebombing, Paramus arson

| January 31, 2012

Prosecutors say Anthony Graziano confessed to continuing to throw firebombs inside a rabbi’s home despite hearing screaming inside, but his defense attorney said the admission shouldn’t be taken seriously due to his client’s mental health.

Graziano, 19, of Lodi, also admitted to the setting fire to a Paramus synagogue in addition to the Rutherford attack, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Martin Delaney said. Graziano also looked up how to properly build and throw the incendiary devices, prosecutors allege.

“This is a rock-solid case against Mr. Graziano,” Delaney said.

Graziano’s attorney said his client has a mental health history, and in November he called a Lodi ambulance saying he was “feeling crazy.” Graziano was taken to a hospital where he was told to see a psychiatrist.

“It’s an indication that this is a person who has had problems,” said Robert Kalisch, Graziano’s attorney. “It’s rather clear that he has psychological and emotional problems. He can even be delusional at times.”

 

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