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4 men are convicted in NY synagogue-bombing plot

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In this May 21, 2009 file photo, Onta Williams is led by police officers from a federal building in New York after being arrested by the FBI on charges for plotting to bomb New York synagogues and shoot down military aircraft. In this May 21, 2009 file photo, Onta Williams is led by police officers from a federal building in New York after being arrested by the FBI on charges for plotting to bomb New York synagogues and shoot down military aircraft.
In this May 21, 2009 file photo, James Cromitie, center, is led by police officers from a federal building in New York. In this May 21, 2009 file photo, James Cromitie, center, is led by police officers from a federal building in New York.
In this Thursday, May 21, 2009 photo, David Williams, center, is led by police officers. In this Thursday, May 21, 2009 photo, David Williams, center, is led by police officers.

NEW YORK (AP) — Four men snared in an FBI terrorism sting have been convicted in a plot to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes.

A jury reached the verdict Monday in federal court in Manhattan after deliberating for more than a week.

Prosecutors had accused James Cromitie of hatching the scheme with a paid FBI informant he met at a mosque north of New York city in Newburgh. They also said Cromitie recruited his three co-defendants to fire heat-seeking missiles at cargo planes.

The informant helped make hundreds of hours of surveillance tapes that were played at the trial. The defense argued the government entrapped their clients.

A judge denied a request for a mistrial last week after a juror came across a document in an evidence binder that shouldn't have been there. The juror was dismissed.

 

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