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