3 of 'Newburgh 4' sentenced to 25 years in prison
Three down-and-out drug offenders caught in an elaborate FBI sting involving a phony plot to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes were sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison by a judge who singled out one as a hateful buffoon who never could have pulled off a terrorist attack on his own. For extended coverage of today's sentencing, click 'NEXT' below the video player.
The government had sought life in prison for James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams for convictions last year on conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and other charges.
Some in Newburgh say the local men behind the homegrown terror plot should spend a lot more than 25 years in prison for plotting to blow up Bronx synagogues and shoot down military planes at Stewart Air National Guard Base.
An informant who testified against the men said the FBI sent him to a Newburgh mosque in 2008 to help uncover any radical Islamic activity. He said he was approached by Cromitie, who is considered the mastermind behind the plot.
Defense lawyers had sought less time for their clients, arguing they were entrapped by the informant, who posed as an Islamic extremist. AP wire services were used in this report.