Self-proclaimed white supremacist Glendon Scott Crawford has been convicted, and sentenced to thirty years behind bars for planning to use a “death ray” to kill President Obama and Muslims, according to Federal prosecutors. Crawford, a member of the KKK from upstate New York, entered into a conspiracy with another man to build a radiation dispersal device he called a “death ray” to do harm to the president and others.
The KKK or Ku Klux Klan seems to be on the rise, and is back in the public eye as members like David Duke spoke out during the election to support President-elect Donald Trump, according to the Inquisitr. Though the Trump team said it did not want support from David Duke, he still stumped for him, and included the Trump name on robo-calls. For years, many members of the KKK kept quiet about their affiliation with the hate group, but lately, it seems to be a rallying cry.
Glendon Scott Crawford, New York man, sentenced in plot to kill Muslims using X-ray weapon https://t.co/Iq3sTmaVxU— Colonel Cyborg v23∞ (@comgenKDT) December 19, 2016
At a hearing in Albany today, a U.S. district judge announced Glendon Scott Crawford’s sentence, according to the Guardian. Crawford is the first person to be convicted under the law “barring attempts to acquire or use a radiological dispersal device, which combines conventional explosives, such as dynamite, with radioactive material.” Congress passed this law in 2014 to threaten those who would attempt to use a “dirty bomb.”
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Crawford has been convicted on three counts, including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Danielle Neroni, the lawyer for Crawford, says he will appeal his conviction and sentence. Neroni and his legal team say that Crawford was a victim of government entrapment. Crawford’s co-conspirator, Eric Feight pleaded guilty, and helped the government convict Crawford. Feight is now serving eight years behind bars.
After Crawford serves his sentence, he will be on probation, or government supervision for the rest of his life according to prosecutors.
“His plot to murder people he did not know was designed to, in his oft-repeated words, ‘take his country back’ from government leaders by forcing them to change government conduct he perceived as favoring Muslims.”
The Christian Science Monitor says that Glendon Scott Crawford, who served in the Navy, and worked for General Electric sought to target Muslims and President Obama with a homemade “ray gun.” As attacks against the Muslim community are on the rise, Madihha Ahussain, staff attorney at Muslim Advocates, a California-based legal advocacy and educational organization, says that it is important that the Crawford case was tried as a bias crime.
“This is an example of how very real it feels. You have this individual in upstate New York who was trying to produce a device that could kill numerous people. I’ve never heard of anything like this. I think that often times we need these types of cases to actually go to trial and run through the judicial process in order to really understand the threat that we’re dealing with.”
At Crawford’s sentencing today at the U.S. Court in New York, the Klan member spoke, rattling on about physics and government regulations. After that, Judge Gary Sharpe spoke, suggesting that Crawford sadly still didn’t get it.
“You can’t come to grips with who and what you are.”
The story behind Crawford’s arrest is stranger than fiction, as he approached members of a synagogue that was perhaps used by Israel to kill its enemies. The FBI says that Crawford showed up at the Albany temple to find a person or persons who could help him.
“[Crawford] asked to speak with a person who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies, specifically, by killing Israel’s enemies while they slept.”
But instead of helping Crawford, the synagogue contacted the FBI with concerns that Crawford was going to hurt someone. Crawford believed that Jews would help him create what he called “Hiroshima on a light switch.”
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian holding press conference on Glendon Scott Crawford sentencing pic.twitter.com/Q3HnC0R03P— TALK 1300 NEWS (@TALK1300NEWS) December 19, 2016
Do you think the punishment of Glendon Scott Crawford, KKK member, fits the crime? Should it be longer, or shorter, in your opinion?
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