Man guilty in northeast Ohio bridge bomb plot, Joshua Stafford, sentenced to 10 years in jail

AKRON, Ohio - One of the five men found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to destroy a northeast Ohio bridge received his sentence Monday.

Joshua Stafford, 25, of Cleveland, was sentenced to 10 years in jail with lifetime supervised release by the North District of Ohio federal court, according to a news release.

He was found guilty in June of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and malicious use of an explosive device to destroy property used in interstate commerce.

"This defendant displayed callous disregard for our community, all in the name of making his own ideological views known, by operating a cell phone he believed to be the device that would detonate two IED devices on a highly traveled bridge," said Stephen D. Anthony, FBI special agent in charge, in a news release.

Stafford is one of five men who were self-proclaimed anarchists. The small group considered numerous plots, eventually deciding to destroy the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield high level bridge.

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