Los Angeles Times

One pleads guilty in Ohio anarchist bomb plot, agrees to testify
Los Angeles Times

One of the five defendants in what officials called an anarchist plot to blow up a bridge in Ohio pleaded guilty Wednesday and agreed to testify against the other defendants, according to a federal official.

Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty to three charges in U.S. District Court, said Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office, in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.

In exchange for the guilty plea, Hayne agreed to testify against the others facing a variety of charges in connection with the plan to blow up a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, south of downtown Cleveland, said Tobin, speaking for the office headed by U.S. Atty. Steven M. Dettelbach.

At the time of the arrest, federal officials said the men were engaged in an anarchist plot tied to May Day, the international holiday celebrating activism by working-class groups and other liberal movements. There was never any danger to the public because the fake explosives were provided by an undercover FBI agent.

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