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INDICTED! Bomber and swastika fiend is facing a long time in jail

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A Brooklyn Heights man — arrested last month for having an apartment filled with bombs that were discovered after he accidentally shot himself — was slapped with a 132-count indictment this week stemming from the explosives and his connection to a swastika graffiti attack in September.

The bomb charges against Ivalyo Ivanov, 37, carry a maximum sentence of 25 years. He has not posted the $300,000 bail.

Ivanov faces additional hate crime charges for allegedly tattooing two synagogues, buildings and cars in Brooklyn Heights with swastikas, and leafleting cars with messages saying, “Kill all the Jews” in September.

District Attorney Charles Hynes said he would aggressively prosecute Ivanov, calling his crimes “attacks against the whole of society, not just the individuals or groups targeted.”

As reported in The Brooklyn Paper two weeks ago, police arrested Ivanov while responding to a report of shots fired at his apartment. Once inside, they discovered a stockpile of weapons, including a handgun, shotgun, rifle and pipe bombs — including one hidden inside a Nerf football.

Ivanov’s court appointed attorney criticized the indictment as a public relations stunt.

“I’m at a disadvantage when the District Attorney puts out press releases like this and I haven’t seen the paperwork yet,” said Adrian Lesher, from Legal Aid.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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