[Ppnews] Three of Cleveland 4 sentenced in bombing plot setup

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Tue Nov 20 15:01:23 EST 2012

  Cleveland 4: Connor, Doug, and Brandon sentenced

November 20, 2012
 From CT Post 

Three men who admitted taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a 
highway bridge in Ohio were sentenced Tuesday to prison terms ranging 
from eight years to more than 11 years. All three apologized in court.

The alleged ringleader, Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, received 
the toughest sentence, 11 1/2 years. He apologized to his family and the 
community, saying he was an addict and needed help for substance abuse, 
not just prison.

Brandon Baxter, 20, was given nearly 10 years in prison, and Connor 
Stevens, also 20, the least involved of the trio, was sentenced to more 
than eight years by U.S. District Judge David Dowd.
After leaving prison, all will be on supervised release for the rest of 
their lives.
The judge had ruled last week that the men should be sentenced as 
terrorists, making them subject to harsher prison terms.


A fourth defendant is being sentenced Wednesday, and a fifth is 
undergoing a psychiatric exam.

Stevens, Baxter and Wright pleaded guilty to conspiring to use a weapon 
of mass destruction, knowingly attempting to use a weapon of mass 
destruction and attempting to damage property with explosives. There was 
no plea deal that would have reduced their sentences.

Last week, Dowd backed a government request to consider stricter 
sentences based on a "terrorist enhancement" for the trio. The ruling 
that the three were trying to intimidate the government expanded 
possible sentences from five or six years to 15 to 30 years or more.

The men were arrested by the FBI and had targeted a bridge over Cuyahoga 
Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. The FBI has said that 
the public was never in danger and that the device was a dud provided by 
an informant.

The suspects were described by the government as self-proclaimed 
anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the 

The defense called the case entrapment, with the informant guiding the 
way, and said the plot was more an act of vandalism than anti-government 
terrorism. They asked for sentences in the range of five years.

The government said the plot "was meant to convey a message to the 
civilian population, the corporate world, the financial system, and all 
levels of government."

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