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2016 June 5 Leader Herald

Crawford sentencing delayed

Local News

Jun 5, 2016

ALBANY — Sentencing for a Galway man who was convicted by a federal jury in August 2015 of trying to build a death ray has been pushed back to September, according to paperwork filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York.

Glendon Scott Crawford, 51, was convicted of attempting to produce a deadly radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distributing information about weapons of mass destruction.

He could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 12.

Crawford is being represented by a new attorney, Danielle Neroni of Albany. Neroni requested a 90-day extension for sentencing to get up-to-date on the case.

“The reason for this request is that I do not have the trial file from prior counsel and I would like an opportunity to acquaint myself with the file and the legal issues involved,” Neroni wrote.

U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe agreed the 90-day adjournment. Sentencing memorandum are due into court on or before Aug. 22.

Crawford and co-defendant Eric Feight, 57, of Hudson, Columbia County, were arrested in 2013 after undercover agents spoke with them about their plans to use a converted x-ray machine to give people radiation poisoning according to authorities.

Investigators said the pair planned to target Muslims and “enemies of Israel” with the machine according to officials.

Investigators began tracking Crawford in 2012 after he approached two Albany-area Jewish groups. Authorities said the device was inoperable.

Feight was sentenced to 8 years in prison following his guilty plea to providing materials to terrorist.

A federal judge ruled against Crawford’s appeal for a new trial in October.

Crawford appealed on the grounds the jury had insufficient evidence to support the guilty verdict for the attempt to produce and conspiracy charges. Crawford also sought dismissal of the case on the grounds that “the government engaged in outrageous misconduct during its investigation, constituting a violation of his due process rights.”

The judge in the case found that the jury could have reasonable concluded that the x-ray device itself could have constituted a object designed to endanger human life via the release of radiation or radioactivity, and that a conspiracy violation only requires an agreement amongst the conspirators “with the specific intent to achieve the objective of the conspiracy.”