Joshua Stafford, 24, was the last of five men found guilty of a conspiracy to destroy the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, a car-carrying bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He was convicted of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and malicious use of an explosive to destroy property, after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge David Dowd.
The other co-conspirators -- Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Connor Stevens and Anthony Haynes -- were found guilty and sentenced to between six and 11 years each in prison. Wright is from Indiana, the rest from Ohio.
The five were self-proclaimed anarchists, court records said.
"The defendant's callous disregard for our community, all in the name of making his ideological views known, reinforces the need to work diligently to stop terrorists from committing violent acts," FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony said in a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office at Stafford's conviction.
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