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Ohio Bomb Plot Update: 4th defendant gets prison in try to blow up Cleveland bridge

Photos provided by the FBI show, from left to right, Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Joshua Stafford and Connor Stevens, all of whom were arrested April 30, 2012, and accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland. CBS/AP Photo/FBI

Photos provided by the FBI show, from left to right, Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Joshua Stafford and Connor Stevens, all of whom were arrested April 30, 2012, and accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland.
Left to right: Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, Anthony Hayne, Joshua Stafford and Connor Stevens, all of whom were arrested April 30, 2012, and accused of plotting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland.
CBS/AP Photo/FBI
(AP) AKRON, Ohio - Anthony Hayne, who was the first man to plead guilty in a failed plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio, was sentenced Friday to six years in prison.

Hayne, of Cleveland, apologized in court for his actions. He took a plea deal to avoid a possible life sentence.

Three other defendants who pleaded guilty after Hayne but without cutting a deal were each sentenced previously to 8-to-11 years in prison.

A fifth defendant is undergoing a psychiatric exam.

The five men were arrested in an FBI sting operation focused on a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron. The FBI has said the public was never in danger and the device " bomb" was a dud provided by an informant.

The suspects were described by the government as self-proclaimed anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the government. The defense has called the investigation a case of entrapment, with the informant guiding the way.

Complete coverage of the Ohio bridge bomb-plot on Crimesider

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