A man convicted in a foiled plot to bomb New York synagogues and fire heat-seeking missiles at military planes asked a federal judge to impose a 25-year prison term and not a life sentence.
James Cromitie argued in court papers filed today that 25 years, the mandatory minimum term that can be imposed under law, would be “sufficient but not greater than necessary.” He said the actions of a confidential informant working with the U.S. had spurred the plot.
Cromitie and three others—David Williams, Onta Williams, and Laguerre Payen—could face as long as life in prison when they are sentenced June 7 on the charges, which include conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the U.S. and conspiracy to kill U.S. employees. All four men, residents of Newburgh, New York, were convicted in October after a trial in Manhattan federal court.
“There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that James Cromitie could never have dreamed up the scenario in which he actually became involved,” Cromitie’s lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, said in the filing.