'Newburgh Four' found guilty in terror-plot trial

A federal jury has convicted the "Newburgh Four" who were charged with plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Air Base. The four men, James Cromitie, David

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2014, 7:25 PM

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A federal jury has convicted the "Newburgh Four" who were charged with plotting to blow up two Bronx synagogues and shoot down military aircraft at Stewart Air Base.
The four men, James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to use anti-aircraft missiles to kill U.S. military personnel and other terror-related charges.
They were caught in an FBI sting operation through the use of a confidential informant, Shahed Hussain, who, with the help of the FBI, funneled money and fake weapons to the men to further the supposed plot.
The men were finally arrested in May 2009 and the trial began in August of this year. After 13 days of testimony, the jury began its deliberations.
The trial was nearly derailed after a juror saw a transcript between one of the defendants and his father, which was not entered into evidence. Instead of declaring a mistrial, the judge dismissed the juror, leaving the jury with 11 members instead of the usual 12.
After eight days of deliberations, the jury reached a verdict, convicting Cromitie and David Williams on all eight charges and convicting Onta Williams and Payen on seven of eight charges.
The men will be sentenced on March 24 and they could be sentenced to life in prison.
AP wire services were used in this report.
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