New York Temple Bomb Plotters Convicted

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    James Cromitie, right, is led by police officers from a federal building in New York on May 21, 2009, after being arrested on charges related to a bombing plot in the Bronx.

    Four men snared in an FBI terrorism sting have been convicted in a plot to blow up New York City synagogues and shoot down military planes.

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

    Prosecutors had accused James Cromitie of hatching the scheme with a paid FBI informant he met at a mosque north of New York city in Newburgh. They also said Cromitie recruited his three co-defendants to fire heat-seeking missiles at cargo planes.

    The informant helped make hundreds of hours of surveillance tapes that were played at the trial. The defense argued the government entrapped their clients.

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