Here's a lesson to anyone thinking about setting off a crude explosive device: Even if no one is injured, the Manhattan DA's office wants you to know you're going to prison. Nineteen-year-old Kyle Shaw, who at age 17 set off an explosive outside an Upper East Side Starbucks in May 2009, was officially sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Manhattan assistant DA Christopher Ryan said, "Any one considering setting off a bomb in New York City should know they will be caught. You will be pursued by the best detectives in the world, and you will be found, and you will be brought to justice."
Shaw was arrested after bragging to his friends about the incident—police said he was inspired by Fight Club and its Project Mayhem and found evidence that he researched bomb making websites. However Shaw's lawyer Adam Perlmutter said the Fight Club angle was "very much overblown... It wasn't about the movie. It was about a stupid, stupid course of conduct. I don't think it's an anti-corporate, anarchist campaign .It's just a very troubled youth."
Perlmutter added that the tough sentence was "A product of the world we living in now" and before 9/11, someone who set off an explosive that didn't harm anyone would probably not be sentenced to 3 1/2 years. Well, if Shaw had gone to trial, he would have faced a maximum of 15 years. And ADA Ryan had previously said, "I can't imagine that any New Yorker believes that someone who sets off a bomb ought to go anywhere but jail."