Man sentenced to 22 months for threatening archbishop, social agency; blames medication

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2001

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A man was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in prison for threatening to kill Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and members of a Roman Catholic social services agency.

Aldo J. Muniz, 41, of Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to charges of telephone threats to kill workers at the social services agency Casa del Carmen, to blow up St. Henry's Church in Philadelphia and to kill the city's archbishop.

With a year in prison already served, Muniz could be freed in nine months.

U.S. District Judge James Giles said he agreed with a government medical expert that a change in Muniz's medication had contributed to his erratic behavior.

Muniz, who lived in Puerto Rico when he made the threats, said he did not want to harm anyone. But during a court appearance to enter guilty pleas, he said, ''It was my intention for them to be afraid.''

Muniz had worked part-time at Casa del Carmen for one year from 1992 to 1993 but his contract was not renewed. Muniz attorney, Eric Vos, had said his client, who had a history of mental illness, was not taking medication or undergoing therapy at the time he was making the calls.

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