4 convicted in temple-bombing plot

NEW YORK - (AP) - Four men snared in an FBI terrorism sting havebeen convicted in a plot to blow up New York City synagogues andshoot down military planes.

A jury reached the verdict Monday in federal court in Manhattanafter deliberating for more than a week.

Prosecutors had accused James Cromitie of hatching the schemewith a paid FBI informant he met at a mosque north of New York cityin Newburgh. They also said Cromitie recruited his threeco-defendants to fire heat-seeking missiles at cargo planes.

The informant helped make hundreds of hours of surveillancetapes that were played at the trial. The defense argued thegovernment entrapped their clients.

A judge denied a request for a mistrial last week after a jurorcame across a document in an evidence binder that shouldn't havebeen there. The juror was dismissed.

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