The last of five defendants sentenced in a failed anti-Wall Street plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has appealed his conviction and 10-year sentence.
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio - The Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, the target of a foiled terror plot, is used by thousands of drivers daily. Now, five men are behind bars for trying to blow it up.
Construction on the five-span bridge was completed in 1931. The bridge connects Cuyahoga and Summit counties making it a very well traveled connector. It spans the Cuyahoga River and the Ohio Department of Transportation said nearly 14,000 vehicles depend on it every day.
Underneath the bridge is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Towpath Trail, an extremely popular area for people who love the outdoors. More than two million visitors each year walk, hike and fish in the area.
But just steps from the Towpath Trail Monday night, the FBI said the five men planted what they thought were explosives underneath a column of the bridge and tried to set it off remotely. The men were then arrested by undercover FBI agents who were monitoring the group by video.
"I take it personally, I really do. I don't like it, I don't like it at all," said Marty Bialec of Broadview Heights, who walks several miles along the path daily. "I'm very mad," Bialec said.
FBI agents said the public was never in danger. They were tipped off to the clan in July and have been monitoring them ever since. A one-time criminal turned tipster was paid $6,000 by the FBI to help them track and crack the case.
Brecksville bridge bomb plot
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