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American Man Gets 8-Year Sentence in Terror Plot

FILE - The front facade of the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building is seen in Washington, in a June 19, 2015, photo.

U.S. officials say an American man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for providing material support to terrorists.

The U.S. Justice Department announced the sentencing Wednesday of Eric Feight, who pleaded guilty last year to helping another man, Glendon Scott Crawford, modify an industrial-grade radiation device intended to kill Muslims around the city of Albany, New York.

According to authorities, Feight admitted to assisting Crawford by designing and building a remote initiation unit to allow the radiation device to be activated from a distance.

Both men were arrested following an extensive federal investigation.

“Eric Feight aided Glendon Scott Crawford in altering a dispersal device to target unsuspecting Muslim Americans with lethal doses of radiation,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin. “Feight and Crawford’s abominable plot to harm innocent Americans was thwarted thanks to the tireless efforts of law enforcement."

Crawford, a self-proclaimed member of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), sought financial support for his plot from the KKK, said the Justice Department. He and Feight later met with people they believed to be KKK financiers to advance their scheme to kill innocent Americans, according to justice officials. Those people were FBI agents posing as businessmen connected to the KKK who were willing to support the scheme. Crawford was convicted in August for his role in the case.