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CLEVELAND -- The government wants up to life prison terms for three men who pleaded guilty in a plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio, but the defense is seeking leniency.

The trio will be sentenced Nov. 19 in Akron. Both sides had to file sentencing recommendations by Thursday.

The government says the plot amounted to terrorism. It says a bomb dud provided by an FBI informant should be viewed as a weapon of mass destruction.

The defense for Connor Stevens of Berea , Brandon Baxter of Lakewood and Douglas Wright of Indianapolis said Friday a five-year term is appropriate. They say the plot wasn't an act of anti-government terrorism.

A fourth man pleaded guilty earlier and agreed to testify for the government. A fifth defendant is undergoing a psychiatric exam.

THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press