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    Judge Hikes Bail for Army Vet Accused of Threat to Synagogue

    Judge Hikes Bail for Army Vet Accused of Threat to Synagogue

    LAS VEGAS — A courtroom outburst by a man accused of telephoning threats to “shoot up” a Southern Nevada synagogue prompted a judge to increase his bail on Wednesday, despite the man's father's account that his son is a veteran with “a mental issue” resulting from head injuries.

    Michael Sanchez, 37, blurted out a complaint about “false information being presented on both sides about my issues” before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Amy Chelini told him she was increasing his bail amount from $20,000 to $100,000.

    “Those are alleged threats,” Sanchez said of accounts of his actions, prompting prosecutor Max Anderson to note for the judge that Sanchez appeared to admit guilt.

    Sanchez faces a felony charge of threatening an act of terrorism. He was not asked to enter a plea, pending a preliminary hearing of evidence scheduled Feb. 15.

    Chelini also ruled that if Sanchez can post bail for release from jail, he must be on high-level electronic monitoring.

    The judge told Sanchez her decisions were “based upon this conduct here today and how you're acting now to this court, to your attorneys, in the courtroom and the violent nature of the tone of your voice.”

    Sanchez was arrested Sunday, after police said he called the Chabad of Southern Nevada, told a rabbi that congregants were child molesters who deserved to die, and referred to a shooting in April 2019 at Chabad of Poway, California, that killed…

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