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Man given 2 years for firebombing Montreal Jewish school

A man charged with firebombing a Jewish elementary school in Montreal last year has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

A man charged with firebombing a Jewish elementary school in Montreal last year has been sentenced to 40 months in jail.

But the judge gave Sleiman Elmerhebi credit for the eight months he has already spent in detention, which counts as double time, leaving him with a two year sentence.

Elmerhebi, 19, pleaded guilty last month to starting a fire that destroyed the library at the United Talmud Torah school.

He said it was an emotional reaction to the situation in the Middle East.

Quebec Court Judge Jean Sirois said judges must send the message that such acts will not be tolerated. Sirois rejected a defence request that Elmerhebi serve his sentence in the community.

The defence and the Crown agreed the firebombing was a hate crime.

Crown prosecutor Anne Aubé had requested Elmerhebi serve two years in prison for what she called his "act of terrorism." The maximum sentence for arson is 14 years.

In December, the teenager admitted his guilt as part of a plea bargain with the prosecution. The deal meant there was no trial.

In exchange for his guilty plea on the arson count, the prosecution announced it had no evidence to present against Elmerhebi on a conspiracy charge.

Elmerhebi's mother, Rouba Elmerhebi Fahd, is charged with being an accessory after the fact and has pleaded not guilty.

She's free on $10,000 bail and is awaiting a court date.