Failed bomb plotter in Ohio facing sentencing

  • Associated Press
  • November 30, 2012 - 1:17 AM

AKRON, Ohio - A fourth man facing sentencing on his guilty plea in a failed plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio could change his mind.

Federal Judge David Dowd scheduled sentencing Friday in Akron for 35-year-old Anthony Hayne of Cleveland.

Hayne has asked to withdraw his guilty plea if he doesn't get the leniency promised. He wants half the lightest term given his co-defendants, or eight years.

The judge has also asked if Hayne wants him to step aside because of favorable comments the judge made about three co-defendants. Without plea deals, the co-defendants were at odds with Hayne's legal strategy.

The device was a dud provided by an FBI informant and the FBI says no one was ever in danger.

A fifth co-defendant is undergoing a psychiatric exam.

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