Occupy Cleveland bridge bombing plotters sentenced; ‘The government is guilty,’ says father

Three men who pleaded guilty to potting to bomb the Route 82 bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland, Ohio, were sentenced today. U.S. District Judge David Dowd Jr. handed down the sentences, all of which fell short of what prosecutors had requested.

The group’s leader, Douglas Wright, 27, of Indianapolis, Ind., was sentenced to 11½ years in prison. A pre-sentence report described Wright as having recruited the other men from the Occupy Cleveland movement and making contact with the undercover FBI agent who eventually provided the group with fake explosives.

Brandon Baxter, 21, of Lakewood, Ohio, was sentenced to a 9-year, 9-month prison term, and Connor Stevens, 21, of Berea, Ohio, was sentenced to 8 years in prison. Federal prosecutors had asked for sentences of 19 to 30 years.

WKYC-TV’s Sara Shookman covered the proceedings.

A fourth member of the group, Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland, is expected in court tomorrow.

Occupy Wall Street has declared the sentencings a case of “no justice,” citing entrapment by the FBI. Baxter, Stevens and Wright were expected to argue entrapment but dropped that defense as part of a plea deal.

Also on hand: members of Occupy Cleveland, who appeared to show their support.

Shookman, though, couldn’t overlook one ironic defense of one of the would-be bombers.


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  • Frederick


  • http://ConservativeMom.net/ LoriGirl

    Quite a conundrum created there.

  • TJCrane_NCC1701

    #OccupyTheCourthouse: “Emergency call for donation of rape tents”…..

  • NRPax

    So just to make sure I have it straight: The kid is blaming the government not stopping him from trying to plant a bomb when he could have chosen not to do it in the first place. I’m sure I can drink enough for that to make sense, but I’m going to hide my car keys first.

    • http://www.shockandblog.com/ Jay McHue

      Yeah, who needs a liver?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    Also on hand: members of Occupy Cleveland, who appeared to show their support.


    their moms dropped them off on the way to shop for thanksgiving dinner ingredients

  • nc

    Blaming FBI for entrapment? They should be kissing their feet that they foiled their plans!

  • Micky

    If this was a Tea Party person that did it, and they haven’t even come close, they would have gotten at least 20 years.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Glad those involved are going to prison. The System kinda works.

  • People Corporation

    Hmm, gov sends a paid informant to a demonstration, peddling plastic explosives. Who is the criminal in this case? Seems to me that its against the law to offer plastic explosives for sale in the first place.

    Gubment, fighting and solving crimes they instigated, while feeling up 16 year old girls at the airport – I feel safe.

    • People Corporation

      Reminds me of the time gov infiltrated the militia group, planted bomb parts on the property without the groups knowlege, and they’re now sitting in prison for those bomb parts – http://home.earthlink.net/~ynot/gabomb.html

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos love violence.

  • NRPax

    Here are the important lessons to take away from this.

    1. Don’t buy explosives, weapons or drugs from FBI Agents.

    2. How can you tell they’re FBI Agents? They’re offering to sell you explosives, weapons or drugs.