Convicted bridge bomb conspirator sentenced to 10 years

3:10 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
  • Share
  • Print
  • - A A A +

AKRON -- Convicted bridge bomb plot conspirator Joshua Stafford was sentenced Monday afternoon.

He was sentenced to 120 months -- 10 years -- incarceration with lifetime supervised released today in federal court in the Northern District of Ohio.

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 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge on State Route 82 over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Brecksville and Sagamore Hills.

A jury found Stafford guilty on three counts in June:

  1. Conspiracy with four others to procure weapons of mass destruction
  2. Knowingly using weapons of mass destruction, specifically IED's composed of C-4
  3. Maliciously attempting to destroy the Brecksville Northfield high-level bridge.

Stafford, 24, of Cleveland, along with four other men, were arrested in what the FBI says was a failed plot to bring down the .

MORE | Bridge bomber found guilty on all counts

The other men are Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland; Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of Lakewood; Connor Stevens, 20, of Berea; and Douglas L. Wright, 26; of Indianapolis.

The five were under close police surveillance. The FBI says the group purchased two inoperable improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from an undercover agent. The FBI stressed the devices were inert.

To date, the other four defendants have landed prison terms of six to 11 years. All were charged with use of weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy.

Stafford chose to represent himself during his trial.


Most Watched Videos