Train engineer sentenced to 3 years for intentionally derailing train near Navy ship

A former Port of Los Angeles train engineer was sentenced to three years in federal prison Wednesday for intentionally derailing a train and aiming it at a Navy hospital ship.

Eduardo Moreno, 46, of San Pedro was sentenced in US District Court Tuesday. In addition to his three-year sentence, he's been ordered to pay more than $750,000 in restitution. 

In December 2021, Moreno pleaded guilty to one count of committing a terrorist attack and other violence against railroad carriers and mass transportation systems, according to the Department of Justice.

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Moreno was charged for an incident on March 30, 2020, in which he drove a locomotive at high speed, continuing as the train approached the end of the track and intentionally derailed the train near the U.S. Naval Ship Mercy, a hospital ship that was deployed to provide medical relief at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to an affidavit filed as part of the criminal complaint, Moreno "thought that the Mercy was suspicious and did not believe ‘the ship is what they say it’s for.’"

"[Moreno’s] offense was extraordinarily serious, and he used his unique access as a licensed train conductor to derail a multi-ton train toward a government hospital ship whose purpose was to treat vulnerable patients in the midst of a global pandemic," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

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