Man who was ‘building an X-ray gun to kill Muslims by shooting radiation from back of his van’ is sentenced to 8 years in prison
By Associated Press
Published: 16:28 GMT, 16 December 2015 | Updated: 20:54 GMT, 16 December 2015
An upstate New York man who admitted helping build what he thought was a mobile X-ray device to kill Muslims has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Fifty-seven-year-old Eric Feight, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in 2014 to providing material support to terrorists.
He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Albany.
Feight was arrested in 2013 along with 51-year-old Glendon Scott Crawford, of Galway.
Crawford is awaiting sentencing after his conviction in August of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges.
Investigators began tracking Crawford in 2012 after he approached two Albany-area Jewish groups.
They also learned Crawford sought help from a Ku Klux Klan grand wizard who was an FBI informant.
Authorities said the device was inoperable. Nobody was hurt.
Crawford’s role was to design and build the radiation device and its power supply.
The remote controlled aspect of the device had been tested, but a radiation source had not been secured, according to the FBI report.
The FBI started investigating Crawford in April 2012, after he allegedly approached Schenectady’s Congregation Gates of Heaven synagogue.
He allegedly “asked to speak with a person who might be willing to help him with a type of technology that could be used by Israel to defeat its enemies, specifically, by killing Israel’s enemies while they slept”.
The same day, the married industrial mechanic allegedly called an Albany Jewish group to make a similar offer.
An official at the synagogue contacted police, who informed the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The weapon had not been finished, but the FBI report said the pair planned to hide the converted X-ray system in a truck.
The device would have been detonated using the vehicle’s cigarette lighter, the report claimed.
DEATH-RAY TERROR PLOT
Crawford planned to turn an industrial-grade X-ray machine into a remote-controlled laser gun.
The laser gun would be mounted in a truck and driven to an area near the intended victims.
After parking the truck, the driver would leave the scene and activate the laser via a remote control from about half a mile away.
Everyone near the truck would receive a lethal dose of radiation and die within two weeks of the attack.
The FBI says the device would have worked if it had been completed.