An upstate New York man who with a co-worker tried to build a “death ray” gun he hoped to use on Muslims and politicians has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Glendon Scott Crawford, 52, was convicted of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distributing information about weapons of mass destruction. Along with fellow conspirator Eric Feight, with whom he worked at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, Crawford tried to build and use a device that would release deadly amounts of radiation, which would be targeted at mosques, Islamic schools, the New York State governor’s mansion, and even President Obama.
The Navy veteran first came under law enforcement scrutiny after contacting a local synagogue, telling them he had a plan to "help Jews get rid of their enemies,” according to a witness for the prosecution. Like many on the far right fringe, he felt America was under an existential threat from Muslim immigrants and he wanted to “take his country back.” He later contacted a Grand Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan, hoping he would take him up on his offer to set off the device, however, the Klansman turned out to be an undercover FBI informant.
In taped recordings, Crawford described his device as “Hiroshima on a light switch,” and that it would “get rid of all the medical waste lying around the country,” “medical waste” being code for Muslims.
U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe said at the sentencing hearing that "this is a classic case of domestic terrorism.” Crawford’s co-defendant Eric Feight pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of providing material support to terrorists, for which he was sentenced to eight years in prison. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence, but Crawford will serve a mandatory 25 years behind bars and will be supervised for the remainder of his life upon release. [Source: Crimefeed/Photo: FBI]