No bond for the five men charged with plotting to blow up the Route 82 bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River between Brecksville and Sagamore Hills Township.
Federal judge David Dowd rejected bids from the five seeking release on bond pending their trials, saying they all posed a flight risk. The quintet are scheduled to go on trial in mid-September.
The five were arrested in late April after what the FBI detailed was a conspiracy to plant plastic explosives at the base of the bridge, leading to efforts to trigger the blasts using a cellular telephone as a remote detonator. The explosives turned out to the bogus, provided by a federal undercover agent.
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(AP) AKRON, Ohio - A federal judge in Akron says five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge must remain locked up pending trial.
The Akron-based judge ruled Tuesday against the suspects' bond request.
The judge says Doug Wright, Josh Stafford, Tony Hayne, Connor Stevens and Brandon Baxter must remain locked up to keep them from fleeing and to protect the public.
The men were arrested in late April when they allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be a dud bomb provided by an FBI undercover informant.
The defendants have pleaded not guilty. One defense attorney called it a case of entrapment, with the informant guiding the way.
They could face life in prison if convicted of trying to bomb the bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park south of Cleveland.
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A three-count indictment was filed today against the five people accused of taking part in a plot to detonate the Route 82 bridge near Cleveland.
All five men face identical charges: one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction to destroy property used in interstate commerce, one count of conspiracy to use of a weapon of mass destruction to destroy property used in interstate commerce and one count of attempted use of an explosive device to damage or destroy real property used in interstate commerce.
Indicted are Douglas L. Wright, 26, of Indianapolis; Brandon L. Baxter, 20, of Lakewood, Ohio; Anthony Hayne, 35, of Cleveland; Connor C. Stevens, 20, of Berea, Ohio, and Joshua S. Stafford, of Cleveland.
According to the indictment, the five men conspired between Feb. 20 and April 30, 2012 to use two improvised explosive devices containing C-4 plastic explosives on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge.
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