Mother of accused in bridge bomb plot speaks out

10:20 AM, May 2, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Five Cleveland-area men have been charged with conspiring to detonate bombs after allegedly trying to blow up a Brecksville bridge with explosives, they believed to be real. 

The fake explosives were part of an FBI sting operation.

Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Joshua Stafford appeared before Hon. Judge Greg White at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Cleveland.

Channel 3's Pamela Osborne spoke with the mother of 23-year-old Joshua Stafford.  His mother, who asked not to be identified, says that her son has always been "In and out of hospitals, prisons, jails. He's just been a troubled soul since he's been born."

She added that she's been afraid of her son for some time, but did her best to guide him.

"I've tried to minister him, just talk to him and say,  'Josh these people are going to get you into some really bad stuff.'" 

His mother said that she took Stafford to and from Occupy movements and that her son was a self-proclaimed anarchist. 

"He felt like [with Occupy Cleveland] he was part of a group, something bigger than himself." She describes her son as being violent, at times abusive. 

It could be where he met 35-year-old Anthony Hayne. 

Last fall, Hayne was interviewed at an Occupy Cleveland movement.  Then he said in reference to the movement, "We might not fight for the same cause but we're here to fight together." 

Occupy Cleveland media coordinator Jacob Wagner said at least some of the suspects had attended the group's events but that they weren't affiliated with or representing the group.

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