White supremacist gets 30 years for plotting to kill Muslims
Published 19 December 2016
Crawford carried out research on radiation dispersal devices as an industrial engineer and plotted to use the technology in a terror attack.
He was a self-proclaimed member of the Ku Klux Klan, spoke ardently of his hatred of Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama, and was plotting to kill both groups with a radiation dispersal device, dubbed a “death ray” by tabloids. Found guilty of the plot last year, he was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in prison, federal prosecutors in New York said.
Glendon Scott Crawford, a Navy veteran, was found guilty in August 2015 of conspiring with another man, Eric Feight, to commit mass murder. Feight also has pleaded guilty in connection with the case and been sentenced to eight years and one month in prison.
Crawford has become the first person to be convicted under a 2004 law that attempts to bar acquisition and use of a radiological dispersal device.
While U.S. prosecutors had sought life in prison for Crawford, he had always faced a mandatory minimum of 25 years. After his release, he will still be supervised for life.
“His plot to murder people he did not know was designed to, in his oft-repeated words, ‘take his country back’ from government leaders by forcing them to change government conduct he perceived as favoring Muslims,” prosecutors wrote in their pre-sentencing court filing.
According to authorities, Crawford was an industrial engineer at General Electric Co. and carried out intensive research on radiation dispersal devices, learning what level of emission was required to kill humans and conducting reconnaissance on potential targets, including a local mosque.