3 men get prison in failed Ohio bridge bomb plot
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Three men who admitted taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio were sentenced Tuesday to prison terms ranging from eight years to more than 11 years. All three apologized in court.
The alleged ringleader, Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis, received the toughest sentence, 111⁄2 years. He apologized to his family and the community, saying he was an addict and needed help for substance abuse, not just prison.
Brandon Baxter, 20, was given nearly 10 years in prison, and Connor Stevens, also 20, the least involved of the trio, was sentenced to more than eight years by U.S. District Judge David Dowd.
After leaving prison, all will be on supervised release for the rest of their lives.
The judge had ruled last week that the men should be sentenced as terrorists, making them subject to harsher prison terms.
A fourth defendant is being sentenced today, and a fifth is undergoing a psychiatric exam.