PITTSBURGH (AP) – Federal prosecutors want a judge to reverse a magistrate’s decision to release a Russian-born college student from jail while he awaits trial on charges that he built bombs in an apartment near his former central Pennsylvania campus.
Prosecutor claim 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov remains a danger to the community and a risk to flee prosecution if he is allowed to move back to his family’s home in San Carlos, Calif., until trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Pesto in Johnstown on Monday agreed with Miftakhov’s public defender that the charges, though serious, involve making explosives that Miftakhov detonated for kicks and weren’t meant to harm others.
But prosecutors say Miftakhov is on probation for burglary-related charges in California, uses drugs, and has too few ties to Pennsylvania to guarantee he won’t flee.
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