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One Of Five 'Occupy' Bridge Bomb Plotters Pleads Guilty

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The men had ties to Cleveland's Occupy Wall Street demonstrators, but Occupy Cleveland quickly distanced itself from the alleged plotters, and canceled planned May Day protest events, following the arrests.


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"After a fair amount of thought and reflection, Anthony Hayne decided today that he wanted to take responsibility for his individual actions in this case," Hayne's lawyer, Michael O'Shea, said in a statement released after Wednesday's hearing. "He feels terrible for how this whole thing got so quickly way out of control for him. He is very glad no one got hurt."

According to the Plain Dealer, Hayne still faces up to 19 years in prison for his role in the plot. Lawyers for the four other men will still argue that the incident was a case of entrapment by the FBI and a paid informant.

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