N.Y. – A local man accused of attempting to build an X-Ray weapon to hurt and
kill people at a mosque and Islamic Center has pleaded not guilty to three
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was
indicted on charges of Attempt to Produce and Use Radiological Dispersal
Device, Conspiracy to Use Weapon of Mass Destruction and Distribution of
Information Relating to Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Prosecutors said he planned and
developed a scheme to use a remotely operated radiation-emitting device to kill
human targets - specifically Muslims and enemies of Israel.
If Crawford is found guilty on the
first charge, he faces 25 years to life in prison and a $2,000,000 fine. If
convicted on his second count, he faces 20 years to life in prison and a
$250,000 fine. Finally, if convicted of the third count, he could receive up to
20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Eric Feight, 55, is known as the
co-conspirator in this case. Crawford allegedly approached Feight with the plan
to use the radiation emitting device. Feight and Crawford were arrested on June
Authorities said Feight accepted a
plea agreement Wednesday morning in front of a different federal judge.
He will be sentenced on May 22nd and
faces up to 15 years in federal prison. Feight waived the indictment and
entered a guilty plea of Providing Materials to Support Terrorists.
Feight's attorney, Peter Moschetti,
Jr., said his client made a poor judgment and had different intentions than his
co-conspirator Crawford. However, Moschetti does admit his client knew the
device he made was going to be used as a weapon. Feight's attorney also said
his client tried to distance himself from Crawford.
Rabbi Matt Cutler said he had a
unique involvement in the radiation case. Cutler said he was approached by
Crawford almost two years ago at his temple Congregation Gates of Heaven in
Schenectady. The Rabbi said Crawford wanted to see if he would be interested in
buying the ‘death ray gun.'
"This machine that would
eliminate our enemies, if we wanted it," Cutler explained. "We kinda pushed him
out. Kinda like moved him on, and here it is two years later and it's
fascinating the level of absurdity that the initial part has, and now we're
seeing the intensity of what he really had in mind."
There's no word from prosecutors or
defense if Feight will testify in Crawford's case or if it goes to trial.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said 25 percent of the county jail's population is behind bars becauseMore >>
Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse.More >>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls. The Glens Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief John Ellingsworth saidMore >>
Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls.More >>
SELKIRK, N.Y. – The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident. Police, paramedics and the Ravena Rescue Squad were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 3:35 a.m.More >>
The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents. Senate Republicans ended their boycott of the Board of Regents vote and contributed on the fourMore >>
The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents.More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire. Homeowner Bonnie Kleinke lost all of her belongings when her homeMore >>
A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire.More >>
COHOES, N.Y.—Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign. The program gives people the opportunity to donate old and unwanted vehicles to the wish-grantingMore >>
Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign.More >>
DURHAM, N.Y. – A court order is preventing dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February from being adopted out. Dawn Verdeschi, 45, is charged with 32 counts of failure to provide sustenance,More >>
Although most of the dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February have been adopted out, a few are still being held due to co-ownership issues.More >>
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. – A Troy man appeared in court twice on the same day for allegedly stealing computer merchandise. Scott Cleland, 25, appeared in East Greenbush Town Court on February 20 to answerMore >>
A Troy man appeared in court twice on the same day for allegedly stealing computer merchandise.More >>
CATSKILL, N.Y. – Village Pizza II in Catskill will celebrate its reopening this weekend. The landmark pizza restaurant was temporarily out of business after a fire nearly six months ago. The August kitchenMore >>
Village Pizza II in Catskill will celebrate its reopening this weekend.More >>