Prosecutor: Bomb suspect used phone in plot

Associated Press


A suspect in a plot to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge planned to use a phone to detonate what he thought were real explosives, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman told jurors in the Akron trial of Joshua Stafford that Stafford tried again and again to use the phone.

“He wanted that bridge to be destroyed,” Herdman said. “He wanted that bridge to come down.”

Stafford, who is representing himself, acknowledges he can be seen in an infrared video taken of the bombing suspects by the FBI. The video was taken the night of April 30, 2012 at the base of the bridge, The Plain Dealer newspaper reported.

But Stafford told jurors that the evidence will show “I did not have malicious intent to destroy that bridge.”

No bomb went off and no one was injured in the plot. The intended target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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