Charges stand in synagogue bomb plot case

May 19, 2010 at 9:49 PM
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge ruled Wednesday charges against four men accused of plotting to bomb synagogues in New York will stand despite defense claims of entrapment.

Attorneys for the defendants sought to have the charges dismissed, contending a paid FBI informant hatched the plan and offered them $250,000 to execute it. But a U.S. District Court judge in White Plains, N.Y., said precedent allows a case to proceed even when the government helps facilitate a crime, the cable television network NY1 News reported.

James Cromitie, Onta Williams, David Williams and Laguerre Payen, who are being held without bail, are scheduled to go to trial in June.

The suspects were arrested May 20, 2009, after they planted what they thought were bombs outside two synagogues in New York's Bronx borough, authorities said. They also planned to shoot down giant military transport planes at an Air National Guard base at Stewart International Airport 50 miles north of New York with a Stinger surface-to-air missile, authorities have alleged.

The men didn't know the bombs, obtained with the help of an FBI informant, were fake and the missile was incapable of being fired.

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