ALBANY, 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 counts.
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 18, 2013.
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.
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