BOSTON (AP) — A man has been sentenced to state prison for bombing a Boston police cruiser.
A judge sentenced 45-year-old Asim Kieta to 15 years to 18 years in state prison, followed by probation for five years, for planting and detonating an improvised explosive device next to a parked Boston Police cruiser, the Suffolk County district attorney said Friday.
The improvised bomb that included a propane tank exploded on Jan. 20, 2017 in South Boston.
It detonated in two stages and the second blast on a busy South Boston bridge injured three officers who were clearing the area of pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic during the morning rush hour, according to the district attorney. The officers fully recovered from their injuries.
Kieta’s attorney previously said his client was framed by unreliable witnesses. Police said they used surveillance video to track down Kieta.