New York Man Convicted in Synagogue Plot Asks Judge to Impose 25-Year Term

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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.

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  1. “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.

    Nikorin divrei Emes. If a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’, the Lawyer is speaking the truth!

  2. The judge should sentence him to the 25 years requested by the defendant, and not life imprisonment. I also feele that the government framed this fellow to a large extent. He just doesn’t give the impression (based on his photo)of being able to pull off such a complicated act without outside (professional) help.

    Government informers and employees have been known to swear on fabricated facts (i.e. Rubashkin).

  3. Please tell me you are joking.Some of the most wealthy ppl I know look just as shlubby only fairer in complexion ans a yarmulka on thiee heads

  4. ‘A jew'(lower case j) is quite correct. In fact, Successful looking/acting people are getting (secret) packages from Tomche Shabbos.

    Nevertheless, I think ‘a jew’ merely wants to be argumentative. This fellow looks so dopey, as almost to be a rachmonus. Maybe he learn a trade in the next 25 years.