Bomb plot convict gets 10 years in prison and a lifetime of probation

Bomb plot convict gets 10 years in prison and a lifetime of probation

Cleveland FBI report that Joshua Stafford was sentenced to 10 years in prison with lifetime supervised released today in Federal Court in the Northern District of Ohio.

Joshua Stafford was previously found guilty on June 14, 2013, of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, and malicious use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.

"This defendant displayed callous disregard for our community, all in the name of making his own ideological views known, by operating a cell phone he believed to be the device that would detonate two IED devices on a highly traveled bridge," Special Agent in charge Stephen D. Anthony said.   "As demonstrated by the five guilty verdicts and five corresponding prison sentences in this conspiracy, the FBI and our partners are committed to confront and disrupt terrorists in order to protect our fellow citizens."

Stafford is one of five men found guilty and sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to destroy the route 82 Brecksville-Northfield high level bridge.

According to court documents, Douglas Wright, Brandon L. Baxter, Anthony M. Hayne, Connor C. Stevens and Joshua Stafford were self-proclaimed anarchists who formed into a small group and considered a series of evolving plots over several months eventually settling on a plot to use explosives to destroy the high level bridge.

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