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Plea changes set for 3 in Ohio bridge bomb plot

Associated Press Modified: September 5, 2012 at 7:47 am •  Published: September 5, 2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Three of the four remaining defendants charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio were expected to change their pleas Wednesday in a development that usually signals plans by a defendant to plead guilty.

Federal judge David Dowd scheduled hearings in Akron for the three defendants after meeting with attorneys Tuesday.

Mike Tobin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland, has confirmed the change-of-plea hearings for 20-year-old Brandon Baxter of Lakewood; 20-year-old Connor Stevens of Berea; and 26-year-old Douglas Wright of Indianapolis.

In July, another defendant, 35-year-old Anthony Hayne of Cleveland, pleaded guilty and agreed to testify for the government.

Plea changes by the trio would leave only Joshua Stafford, currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, facing trial.

Federal authorities arrested the five in late April, accusing them of trying to detonate what was actually a fake explosive provided by a paid FBI informant.

The FBI has said the public was never in danger even though they say the target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

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