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Synagogue blast suspect expected in court

Ron Hirsch, 60, is suspected of setting off a pipe bomb outside the Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica on 17th Street on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

May 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The homeless man charged with setting off an explosive device outside a Santa Monica synagogue was scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Monday morning.

Ron Hirsch, 60, faces four federal charges that could send him to prison for 70 years if convicted. Hirsch is accused of detonating the device outside the Chabad House in April, then escaping to Ohio.

Authorities arrested Hirsch and sent him back to California after a rabbi recognized him.

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