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2016 December 2 Leader Herald

Shorter sentence sought for ‘death ray’ creator Glendon Crawford

Local News

Dec 2, 2016

Kerry Minor


ALBANY — Federal prosecutors released a new sentencing memorandum to address the defense’s filing in the case of a Galway man accussed of attempting to create a death ray.

On Nov. 21, the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of New York submitted to the court an amended sentencing memorandum on Nov. 21 in the case of Glendon Scott Crawford.

Crawford, 52, was convicted in August 2015 of attempting to produce a deadly radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distributing information about weapons of mass destruction.

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 last December following his guilty plea to providing materials to terrorist.

A federal judge ruled against Crawford’s appeal for a new trial in October 2015.

According to the sentencing memorandum, prepared by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen C. Green, federal prosecutors reserved the right to respond in writing to any sentencing objections and arguments raised by the defense in their memorandum.

In their memorandum, the defense states that Crawford should recieve a similar sentence to Feight, arguing that Crawford did not make any modifications to the x-ray device. The defense maintains that may be viewed as having a minimal role in the case.

Prosecutors argue that Crawford was convicted by a federal grand jury on his charges, while Feight pleaded guilty to one count that carried a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

Prosecutors allege that Crawford has failed to show any remorse for his actions.

“The defendant has shown no remorse for, or even appreciation of, the seriousness of the totality of his conduct,” the filing states.

In the defense filing, Crawford stated he understands the seriousness of the offenses, but maintained his innocence for the crimes of which he was convicted.

Sentencing for Crawford has been moved from Dec. 5 to Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.