Last of 'Newburgh Four' sentenced to 25 years
The last of four men known as the "Newburgh Four" was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.
Laguerre Payen and his three co-defendants, James Cromitie, David Williams and OntaWilliams, have all received the same sentence.
The men were convicted of conspiracy to use weapons of massdestruction and other charges.
An FBI sting began in 2008 when authorities assigned an informant toinfiltrate a mosque in Newburgh. The men's trial featured two weeks of testimony by theinformant, Shahed Hussain, a Pakistani immigrant.
After meeting Cromitie at the mosque, Hussain told him he was arepresentative of a Pakistani terrorist organization that was eagerto finance a holy war on U.S. soil.
Prosecutors alleged that in meetings with Hussain, Cromitiehatched the scheme to blow up the synagogues in the Bronx withremote-controlled bombs and to shoot down cargo planes at the AirNational Guard base in Newburgh with heat-seeking missiles.
Agents arrested the men in 2009 after they planted the devices -fakes supplied by the FBI - in the Riverdale section of the Bronxwhile under heavy surveillance. AP wire services were used in this report.
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