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Judge gives 30-year sentence to defendant in death-ray case

Dec 20, 2016 12:02 am

Robert Gavin is reporting in the Times Union federal judge Gary Sharpe Mon., Dec. 19, handed down a 30-year prison sentence to Glendon Scott Crawford of Saratoga County for plotting to use a mobile radiation emitting device for the purpose of killing Muslims living in the Capital Region. Crawford, a member of the Ku Klux Klan, planned to use the device at a school at the Islamic Center of the Capital District in Colonie. Prosecutors asked the court to impose a life sentence. Crawford, 52, is a former mechanic at General Electric in Schenectady. Sixteen months ago, he was convicted by a federal jury of attempting to produce or use a radiological dispersal device. He was the first person in the United States to be convicted of the charge, which stems from a 2004 federal law intended to protect the country from anyone using a dirty bomb. Crawford's co-conspirator, Eric Feight of Stockport, created a remote control to set off the device. Feight pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists a year ago, and Sharpe sentenced him to 8 years and 1 month in prison. Feight is serving his time at the medium-security federal prison in Allenwood, Pa. Read the full story in the Times Union.