Twins get prison for bombing spree
Judge forbids them any contact for 5 years as part of their sentence
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.