JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- A federal judge will issue an order Friday morning on whether or not 18-year old Vladislav Miftakohv will stay in jail or be released on bond.
Attorney’s for the teen pleaded to the judge to let him out on bond pending his trial. He told the judge that he is not the “Russian bomb making student” he is being portrayed as, but instead he is actually a smart kid doing “normal boy things,” that he knows now were wrong. They claim he was making “fireworks.”
The prosecution painted a very different picture, a teen who was serving out three month probation for a trespassing offense that occurred in California. They said while on probation he should have been following the rules but instead he was growing, using marijuana and making explosives. They said he put a lot of lives at risk and is a potential flight risk having extended family in Russia. The prosecutions added that it was not fireworks and he used object with metal that could cause serious injuries or even death if detonated.
Miftakohv was arrested in January in Altoona and charged with a number of offenses after explosives were found in his room.
Once the judge makes a ruling the teen will either go with his parents back to California while he awaits his trial or he will stay in jail.
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