One down, four left among the five men charged with plotting to blow up the Route 82 bridge linking Sagamore Hills Township and Brecksville.
One of the men accused in an alleged plot to blow up a Northeast Ohio bridge has pleaded guilty to charges.
Defendant Anthony Hayne, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and attempt to destroy a building or structure used in interstate commerce. His sentencing date was not immediately set.
His other four co-defendants still face trial before Akron federal judge David Dowd September 17th. Three want Dowd to suppress statements they made to the FBI and those motions are pending. Dowd has already turned down a change of venue motion to remove the trial from an Akron courtroom.
Still facing charges are Douglas Wright, 26, of Indianapolis; Brandon Baxter, 20, of Lakewood; Connor Stephens, 20, of Berea and Joshua Stafford, 23, of Cleveland.
The five were snared by the feds after police say they tried to detonate what turned out to be fake explosives under the Route 82 bridge.