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Date: 11-21-2020

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United States of America v. Lawrence Lombardi

Case Number: 4:99-cr-00071-RH-HTC

Judge: Robert L. Hinkle

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Leon County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, Miami, Florida

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Description: Tallahassee, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented defendant charged with detonating a pipe bombs n the campus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in August and September of 1999.

The United States of America charged Lwrence Lombardi, age 62, with planting and detonating two pipe bombs on the campus of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in August and September of 1999. L

“Lawrence Lombardi’s criminal acts terrorized FAMU faculty, students, and their family members during the fall of 1999 and generated fear in our community that lingered on well past his arrest,” said U.S. Attorney Keefe. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to doing everything legally possible to pursue, prosecute, and punish criminals like Lombardi, whose reckless acts are intended to injure or kill innocent citizens.”

In 1999-2000, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida prosecuted Lombardi for detonating two pipe bombs on the campus of the historically black university. Although no one was injured, the trial evidence left no doubt that the bombings were motivated by racial prejudice. The federal jury convicted Lombardi of six counts: two counts of maliciously damaging property, two counts of using a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence, and two counts of interfering with federally protected activities on the basis of race or color. Lombardi was subsequently sentenced to life plus 39 years in federal prison.

When Lombardi was sentenced in 2000, the two counts of using a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence were the most impactful because they carried significant mandatory sentencing requirements. Lombardi faced a mandatory consecutive term of 30 years’ imprisonment on the first count, and a mandatory consecutive term of life imprisonment on the second count. On the remaining four counts of the conviction, Lombardi was sentenced to concurrent terms of 108 months (or 9 years).

In 2019, the United States Supreme Court decided United States v. Davis, 139 S. Ct. 2319 (2019), and held that part of the definition of a “crime of violence” is unconstitutionally vague. Citing Davis, Lombardi filed a collateral motion in the district court challenging his two convictions for using a destructive device during and in relation to a crime of violence. While the government opposed Lombardi’s motion, the district court concluded that those two convictions were invalid under Davis.

When the two convictions were vacated, along with the mandatory consecutive penalties accompanying them, Lombardi sought to have his sentence reduced to time served in a motion filed by his attorney in February, 2020. The government opposed the motion and the district court determined that a resentencing on the four remaining counts of the conviction was warranted.

The Honorable District Judge Robert E. Hinkle heard victim impact statements from survivors of the bombings at today’s hearing before imposing a combined total sentence of 54 years. Lombardi has already served approximately 21 years in prison. Assistant United States Attorney Jordane Learn represented the government.

Outcome: 18:844I.F PENALTIES - IF DEATH RESULTS
(1) Dismissed
18:844I.F PENALTIES - IF DEATH RESULTS
(1s) 108 months to run concurrently with one another, 36 months Supervised Release, SMA
18:924C.F VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
(2) Dismissed
18:924C.F VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
(2s) Life Imprisonment to run consecutively to Count 1,2,3,5 and 6, 60 months Supervised Release to run concurrently with each other, SMA
18:844I.F PENALTIES - IF DEATH RESULTS
(3) Dismissed
18:844I.F PENALTIES - IF DEATH RESULTS
(3s) 108 months to run concurrently with one another, 36 months Supervised Release, SMA
18:924C.F VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
(4) Dismissed
18:924C.F VIOLENT CRIME/DRUGS/MACHINE GUN
(4s) 360 months imprisonment to run consecultively to Count 1,2,3,5 and 6, 60 months Supervised Release to run concurrently with each other, SMA
18:245.F FEDERALLY PROTECTED ACTIVITIES
(5s-6s) 108 months to run concurrently with one another, 36 months Supervised Release, SMA

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