Glendon Scott Crawford, a Ku Klux Klan member of Galway, New York, planned for years to build the device he dubbed “Hiroshima on a light switch” to harm his “enemies.” He was convicted of use of a weapon of mass destruction and “attempting to build and use a radiological dispersal device,” The Guardian writes.
A federal jury deliberated for three hours Friday before handing down their verdict.
“Glendon Scott Crawford was a terrorist who attempted to acquire a weapon of mass destruction and to use it to kill innocent members of the Muslim community,” said Richard Hartunian, US attorney for the northern district of New York.
Crawford’s plan was “very real, very viable and very deadly,” U.S. attorney Rick Belliss said in closing arguments. But his defense lawyer, Kevin Luibrand, claims entrapment by the government.
In his closing argument, Luibrand said if “Crawford is guilty of anything, it is proliferating information” but said the government was responsible for creating what the media dubbed the “death ray” machine.
Crawford went to North Carolina to discuss funding his project with Chris Barker, KKK imperial wizard of the Loyal White Knights, who turned out to be cooperating with the FBI.
Belliss held up a glass-enclosed metal “X-ray tube” that he said was similar to the device, saying it was proof that Crawford did “more than hand out pamphlets.”
Luibrand also played several video clips of meetings between two undercover FBI agents and Crawford, who admitted he did not have the technical knowledge to make or operate such a device.
The 51-year-old will be sentenced on Dec. 15, 2015. He faces life in prison for the weapons of mass destruction charge, The Guardian reports.
SOURCE: The Guardian | VIDEO SOURCE: NDN
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