Guilty

Four Convicted in Synagogue Bomb Plot

After an eight-day deliberation, a jury has convicted four men accused of planning to blow up New York synagogues and fire missiles at military airplanes. Onta Williams, Laguerre Payen, James Cromitie, and David Williams IV were arrested in the Bronx in 2009, after planting fake bombs they were given by an FBI agent posing as a terrorist. The agent also gave them Stinger missile tubes, which the men planned to fire at military transport planes at Stewart International Airport. The defense argued that the men were victims of entrapment—that the agent pushed them to commit crimes they wouldn’t have otherwise—a defense that The New York Times reports has never been used successfully in a terrorism case since 9/11. The four men face up to life in prison.