psychologists evaluated his com" />
News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hospice of the Western Reserve

Knight Foundation

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Suspect chose to stand trail; and lost
Others arrested entered guilty pleas last year, but Joshua Stafford's case was delayed while psychologists evaluated his com
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


Reporter
Tim Rudell
 
Joshua Stafford of Cleveland. Prosecutors said he helped plant explosives against columns of the Rt. 82 bridge
Courtesy of FBI file photo
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

It may just be a coincidence but 911 will be the sentencing date for the last of five suspects in a scheme to blow up a northeast Ohio bridge — a plot that was actually an FBI sting.  The accused co-conspirator was found guilty by a Federal Court jury for attempting to use weapons of mass destruction in terrorist acts. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports from Akron.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:24)


Speaking for himself
Twenty-four-year old Joshua Stafford of Cleveland -- angular but stooped, with a shoulder-length shock of hair -- clung to the podium as he began his final argument to the jury. 

Stafford was accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction – explosives -- on the Route 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga River.  He opted to defend himself in court , and shifting nervously from foot to foot, spoke in halting, scattered phrases about intentions and about what he knew.  “How,” he said, “could someone intend to do something if he wasn’t successfully told about it?”

He said if jurors listened closely to the recordings they would realize that he never knew exactly what was going on.  He further argued that while he was present when jokes were cracked about blowing up the bridge, he didn’t take any of that seriously. 

Prosecution
But in his closing arguments, assistant federal prosecutor Duncan Brown said the evidence, including recordings, shows Stafford and the others placed what they believe to be explosives near the foundations of the bridgeSeiberling Federal Building from WKSU Akron newsroom .  Even though the bombs were fakes provided by an FBI informant, Duncan said Stafford and others believed they were real and “guilty” can be the only verdict.

And, the jury did
After less than two hours of deliberation, the panel found Stafford guilty on all three counts. 

Co-conspirators
The other four men accused in the bomb plot entered guilty pleas to various charges last year
 and got sentences of from six to eleven years.  

Federal Judge David Dowd said after the verdict was announced that there will be an approximately ninety day period for gather sentence recommendations for Stafford, with his sentencing set for September 11, 2013.  Twelve year to the day since the most dramatic terror attack ever in the United States.  

Related WKSU Stories

Accused would-be bridge bomber fires defense lawyers ahead of his June trial
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Accused would-be bridge bomber fires defense lawyers ahead of his June trial
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Trial set for Brecksville "bridge bomber"
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Defendant apologizes for attempted bombing
Friday, November 30, 2012

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on who should be paid minimum wage
Just a correction for your story: The trial court sided with the owners. The court of appeals sided with the sales reps.

Husted defends the use of "monopoly" in the wording of Issue 3
Jon, Give me a break. Why don't you concentrate your efforts on other issues to make Ohio a better place to live. Your comments about monopolizing the marijuana...

The Sierra Club is launching ads against Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman
“'I don’t know what the ad’s going to say. But I hope it’s truthful,' said Portman." This from a man who voted "no" last winter on a Senate resolution s...

Ohio Republicans protest the loss of Mt. McKinley
I believe the U.S.gov't. was overstepping its bounds by renaming a mountain that belongs to Alaska. How would we like it if Alaska (or any other state) telling ...

Pluto: University of Akron cuts baseball - should football be next?
remember when akron and Youngstown state were both in the ovc. As a Morehead State fan, made trips to both schools and had a wonderful experience. Played Akron ...

Ohio to aid young adults who age out of foster care
I think it's a great idea. I worked for an at risk high school and it was really sad to see the amount of kids who had no where to go because they had aged out...

Could University Circle developments ripple into East Cleveland?
Outsiders are so far off the beaten path and you all need to attend the meeting being held today 8/31/15 Cleveland Public Library, 1:00 PM. http://44112news.co...

ResponsibleOhio leader says the state is trying to set Issue 3 up for failure
Ohio suppose to believe that a group of investors were united under one cause to legalize marijuana.Once legal they all of sudden turn into 10 different compani...

Terry Pluto: U of A's new athletic director has the toughest job in town
It is a hard sell. The Students do not want to go to the football games and they do not want to pay for the program. They have a lot of student loan debt and t...

Akron considering the future of the B.F. Goodrich smokestacks
This BFGoodrich alumna says, "Thank you, Dave Lieberth!"

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University