Four Muslims Convicted in NY Synagouge Bomb Plot
October 18, 2010
NY Jury Convicts Would-be Bronx Synagogue BombersCheshvan 10, 5771, 18 October 10 10:25by Chana Ya'ar
(Israelnationalnews.com) Four terrorists have been convicted of plotting to fire missiles at military planes and bomb synagogues in the Bronx, New York.
According to testimony, the four men were arrested in May 2009 after they planted bombs in cars outside two synagogues in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.
The prosecution claimed during the eight-week trial that the defendants also later intended to travel to an airport in the city Newburgh, where the four lived, to fire missiles at military transport planes.
Much of the evidence used during the trial relied on recordings of conversations between the defendants and an FBI informer, Shahed Hussain, who posed as a terrorist and supplied the group with fake bombs and Stinger missile tubes.
After eight days of deliberations, the jury of five men and six women returned a guilty verdict on Monday in Manhattan's Federal District Court.
All four defendants – James Cromitie, Laguerre Payen, Onta Williams and David Williams IV – could receive prison sentences of 25 years to life. Three are U.S. citizens and one is a Haitian immigrant.
'They Prayed for Success'
In his opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Hickey told the jury, "They were prepared to go all the way through with their destructive and murderous plan..."
The group was approached by Hussain after he heard them discussing their hatred of Jews and a desire to hurt Americans. The sentiment apparently was ignited by U.S. actions