N.Y. man gets 30 years in prison in X-ray weapon plot

Wanted to de­velop de­vice to kill Mus­lims.

The Times-Tribune - - Nation - BY MARY ESCH

ALBANY, N.Y. — A 52-yearold in­dus­trial me­chanic who was the first per­son in the U.S. con­victed of try­ing to pro­duce a weapon of mass de­struc­tion un­der a 2004 law in­tended to stop ter­ror­ists from us­ing ra­di­a­tion-dis­pers­ing “dirty bombs” was sen­tenced Mon­day to 30 years in prison fol­lowed by a life­time of su­per­vised re­lease.

Glen­don Scott Craw­ford, of Gal­way in up­state New York, planned to kill Mus­lims be­cause of their re­li­gion as well as other peo­ple whose po­lit­i­cal and so­cial be­liefs he dis­agreed with, U.S. At­tor­ney Richard Har­tu­nian said.

“This is a clas­sic case of do­mes­tic ter­ror­ism,” Mr. Har­tu­nian said af­ter Craw­ford’s sen­tenc­ing by U.S. Dis­trict Judge Gary L. Sharpe.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­gan track­ing Mr. Craw­ford in 2012 af­ter he ap­proached two lo­cal Jewish groups with his idea for how they could de­feat their en­e­mies us­ing a mo­bile X-ray weapon. Pros­e­cu­tors said Mr. Craw­ford also sought sup­port for the de­vice in 2013 from a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard in North Carolina who was an FBI in­for­mant.

Co-de­fen­dant Eric Feight, of Hud­son, pleaded guilty in 2014 to pro­vid­ing ma­te­rial sup­port to ter­ror­ists. He admitted build­ing a re­mote con­trol for the X-ray de­vice. Mr. Feight, a con­trol sys­tems en­gi­neer, was sen­tenced to eight years in prison a year ago.

Mr. Craw­ford, who worked with Mr. Feight at Gen­eral Elec­tric in Sch­enec­tady, was con­victed in Au­gust by a jury that re­jected his lawyer’s ar­gu­ment that he was en­trapped by the FBI.

Given an op­por­tu­nity in court Mon­day to ar­gue for a more le­nient sen­tence, Mr. Craw­ford de­liv­ered a com­pli­cated state­ment about physics, his in­ter­pre­ta­tion of le­gal statutes and crit­i­cism of his de­fense lawyer. He in­sisted he never in­tended per­son­ally to use the de­vice he was mak­ing, but only to pro­vide “tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance” for oth­ers to use it.

“I feared for my na­tion’s and my chil­dren’s na­tion’s fu­ture,” Mr. Craw­ford said, launch­ing into a crit­i­cism of U.S. im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy re­gard­ing Mus­lims be­fore the judge cut him off.

“This con­duct is bizarre,” Judge Sharpe said. “You are bizarre.”

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