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3 men sentenced in Ohio bridge bomb plot

From Lawrence Crook III, CNN
updated 11:48 AM EST, Wed November 21, 2012
Suspects in the Cleveland bridge bombimg: Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens, Joshua Stafford and Douglas Wright.
Suspects in the Cleveland bridge bombimg: Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Connor Stevens, Joshua Stafford and Douglas Wright.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Brandon L. Baxter, a.k.a. "Skabby," was sentenced to more than 9 years in prison
  • Connor Stevens was handed an 8-year sentence
  • Authorities say the men set their sights on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge
  • The bridge spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway

(CNN) -- A self-described anarchist who calls himself "Cyco" got an 11-year prison sentence Tuesday for his role in a failed attempt to blow up an Ohio bridge.

Authorities say the mohawk-wearing Douglas Wright was the suspected ringleader of the plot. He and co-conspirators Brandon Baxter and Connor Stevens set their sights on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway, officials say.

Baxter, a.k.a. "Skabby," was sentenced to more than nine years in prison; Stevens got eight years. The sentences were announced in federal court in Akron, Ohio.

After an undercover operation, the FBI arrested the men April 30 in what the agency termed an act of domestic terrorism. The men later admitted their roles in a plan to remotely detonate improvised devices containing C-4 explosives. Authorities said the defendants had considered several targets during a period of several months before settling on the bridge connecting Brecksville and Sagamore Hills in Ohio, not far from Cleveland.

The men pleaded guilty in September to charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.

A fourth defendant is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

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