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Synagogue bomb plot suspect pleads guilty


February 19. 2013 8:37PM
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NEW YORK — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to rare state-level charges that he plotted to blow up city synagogues, saying he had wanted to send a message of intimidation to the city's Jewish community.


Ahmed Ferhani, 27, was one of two men arrested in a May 2011 weapons-buying sting. Authorities called him a home-grown terrorist.


He envisioned posing as a Jew so he could infiltrate a synagogue and leave a bomb inside, prosecutors had said in court documents. At a meeting to arrange the gun buy, Ferhani said he needed the weapons for the cause, according to a court complaint.


By targeting a synagogue ... I intended to create chaos and send a message of intimidation and coercion to the Jewish population of New York City, warning them to stop mistreating Muslims, Ferhani, an Algerian immigrant, said Tuesday, reading from a prepared statement.


Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus said he planned to sentence Ferhani to 10 years in prison, four years fewer than prosecutors had wanted. He would likely face deportation after serving the term.


Ferhani had faced up to 32 years behind bars if convicted at trial.




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