A New York man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to charges of participating in a terror plot to build a weapon that would use X-ray beams to poison people.
Eric Feight, 55, of Hudson, admitted in federal court to providing material assistance to an improbable plan to construct a mobile gun that would fire poisonous radiation waves at its targets. Feight remains in custody, awaiting his sentencing hearing in May. He could face a maximum jail sentence of 15 years, the Associated Press reported.
Feight's alleged co-conspirator in the X-ray gun plot, Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, of Galway, was arraigned in a different court proceeding on three counts: attempting to build and use a radiological device, plotting to use a weapon of mass destruction, and disseminating weapons-related information. The alleged Ku Klux Klan member pleaded not guilty to the charges, the Albany Times Union reported.
"Crawford planned to create a mobile, remotely operated, radiation-emitting device capable of killing people silently from a distance with lethal doses of ionizing radiation," the plea agreement states. "Crawford's intended targets were Muslims, Muslim-related organizations and persons Crawford believed were contributing to the demise of the United States."
Authorities said, though, that Crawford was unable to build the machine and no one was harmed in the plot.