The man charged in a machete attack on Chanukah in Monsey could face the death penalty if a comatose victim dies from his wounds, a federal prosecutor said today, the NY Post reports.
Grafton Thomas, 37, didn’t react visibly when Assistant US Attorney Michael Krouse raised the potential of capital punishment in the high-profile case during a court hearing in White Plains.
In response to a question from Judge Cathy Seibel, Krouse said it was unclear whether everyone injured in last month’s bloodbath would survive.
“One of the victims does remain in a coma,” Krouse said. “Other than that, we do not have a strong sense of that.”
The most seriously injured victim, 72-year-old R’ Yosef Neumann, suffered a machete wound that “penetrated his skull directly into the brain,” according to his family, which has said that the likelihood he will regain consciousness was slim. Read more at the NY Post.