Bomb plot suspect to represent self at Ohio trial

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The last of five bridge bomb-plotting suspects in northeast Ohio is headed to trial and the defendant will represent himself.

The case against 23-year-old Joshua Stafford of Cleveland is scheduled to begin Monday morning. But first the judge in Akron federal court must handle a government motion.

Prosecutors want the judge to bar Stafford from using the trial as a soapbox for his political views. He was active with the anti-corporate Occupy Cleveland movement at the time of his arrest.

No bomb went off and no one was injured in the plot last year. The intended target was a highway bridge over the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron.

The other four defendants have pleaded guilty and landed prison terms of six to 11 years.

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