Four men were convicted yesterday of plotting to blow up Bronx synagogues and shoot down military aircraft with the help of an FBI informant in a case prosecutors said was an example of the threat home-grown terrorists pose.
“We are safer today as a result of these convictions,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
After eight days of deliberation, James Cromitie, 44, and David Williams, 29, were each found guilty of eight charges, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Onta Williams, 34, and Laguerre Payen, 29, were each found guilty of seven charges by a federal jury.
Defense attorneys called the verdict “a miscarriage of justice.”
The men were arrested in an FBI sting in May 2009 as they planted what they thought were explosives in two cars parked outside Bronx synagogues.
Prosecutors said Cromitie, accused of recruiting the others, was motivated by anti-Jewish sentiments and wanted to participate in holy war.
The men face life in prison.