Bridge Bombing Suspect Will Testify Against Others
AKRON, Ohio — One of the five men accused of trying to blow up a bridge on the Brecksville / Sagamore Hills border in late April has plead guilty to his role in the crime and has agreed to testify against the other suspects.
Mike Tobin with the U.S. Department of Justice tells Fox 8 News that Anthony Hayne, 35 of Cleveland, plead guilty to three counts at a hearing in Federal Court on Wednesday morning.
According to Tobin, Hayne plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to possess weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and malicious use of an explosive device to destroy property used in inner-state commerce.
As part of his plea Hayne agreed to testify against the other suspects accused in the bomb plot, Douglas L. Wright, 26, Brandon L. Baxter, 20, Connor C. Stevens 20 and Joshua S. Stafford, 23.
Federal authorities indicted the five men on charges that they conspired to blow up the State Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge that crosses from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The criminal complaint filed against the men in May 2012 states that Baxter, Hayne and Wright are self-proclaimed anarchists who formed a small group that considered a series of plots over several months.
According to Federal prosecutors the defendants allegedly conspired to obtain C-4 explosives contained in two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to be placed and remotely detonated.
Tobin says Hayne will receive a recommended sentence of 15 to 19 years in prison if he abides by the terms of his plea deal.
Hayne’s attorney, Michael J. O’Shea issued the following statement on behalf of his client;
“After a fair amount of thought and reflection, Anthony Hayne decided today that he wanted to take responsibility for his individual actions in this case. He has plead guilty and will be cooperating with the Government to provide a complete and truthful summary of what he heard and saw before he was arrested. He feels terrible for how this whole thing got so quickly way out of control for him. He is very glad no one got hurt.”