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2015 December 16 The Post-Standard

Albany-area man imprisoned for his role in ‘death ray’ machine designed to kill Muslims

John O’Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com By John O’Brien jobrien@syracuse.com The Post-Standard on December 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM, updated December 16, 2015 at 12:02 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. -- An Albany-area man was sentenced to eight years in prison today for helping another man plot to kill Muslims with a mobile “death ray” machine.

U.S. District Judge Gary Sharpe imposed the sentence on Eric Feight, 57, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. It was the first case in the country in which someone was charged under the 2001 “dirty bomb” law.

Feight, of Hudson, agreed to make a remote control for a machine that his co-conspirator, Glendon Scott Crawford, was building. Crawford plan to drive the device, nicknamed “the baby” around the Albany area in a van and shoot deadly radiation at Muslims.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Green and Richard Bellis asked Sharpe to sentence Feight to 15 years in prison.

Feight pleaded guilty to the terrorism offense, admitting he helped Crawford to modify a powerful industrial-grade X-ray machine “believing that it would be used to injure or kill unknown human targets based on their religion or political views,” the prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

The device was inoperable, federal agents said.

A federal jury convicted Crawford in August. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Crawford, 51, of Galway, is a member of the Ku Klux Klan who met with Jewish leaders in the Albany area to try to drum up financial support of his plan. Those leaders reported him to police.

To FBI agents posed as KKK members and caught Crawford and Feight on tape plotting the attacks.

Crawford also sought help from a KKK grand wizard who has reported the plan to the FBI.