Twins get prison for bomb­ing spree

Judge for­bids them any con­tact for 5 years as part of their sen­tence

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - DAILY TIMES - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter

The two men who pleaded guilty to det­o­nat­ing a se­ries of makeshift pipe bombs in ru­ral west­ern Ch­ester County and eastern Lan­caster County were for­bid­den by a Ch­ester County Court judge as part of their sen­tence Mon­day from hav­ing any con­tact with one another dur­ing the five years of their court su­per­vi­sion.

No phone calls. No let­ters. No Face­book posts or emails. No Ea­gles’ games watched on tele­vi­sion, or com­mon high school re­union cel­e­bra­tions. No hol­i­day din­ners to­gether or Christ­mas cards ex­changed. No con­tact what­so­ever.

Which would not be en­tirely un­usual, ex­cept that the men are broth­ers — fra­ter­nal twins who have been a pres­ence in one another’s lives for all of their 23 years.

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Phyl­lis Stre­i­tel, who ac­cepted the guilty pleas of broth­ers Caleb Tate and Daniel Tate for the ex­plo­sions they set off while home on break from col­lege last Christ­mas­time, largely in­volv­ing the prop­erty of mem­bers of the Amish com­mu­nity, said she was con­cerned that when to­gether the pair may have sub­con­sciously egged one another on.

“You seem to have trou­ble say­ing, ‘I,’” Stre­i­tel told Caleb Tate, the first of the two to stand be­fore her and ad­mit his role in the crimes, not­ing that he had trou­ble ex­plain­ing his ac­tions with­out re­fer­ring to “we.”

“You might be more able to be­come an in­di­vid­ual ca­pa­ble of mak­ing your own good choices” if he stayed away from his brother, who was seated just a few feet away, wait­ing to en­ter his own plea, she told him.

Both men, from Lon­don­derry, en­tered guilty pleas


Caleb, left, and Daniel Tate, 22, were sen­tenced in Ch­ester County in con­nec­tion with a string of ex­plo­sive de­vices.

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