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Two New Jersey Men Plead Guilty to Terror Conspiracy Charges

Two New Jersey men pleaded guilty last Thursday, March 3, to felony conspiracy charges related to their attempt to join the terror group al Shabab in Somalia last year.

Mohamed Alessa, 21 and born in the United States, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24 and a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested last June at New York’s Kennedy Airport trying to board a plane to Egypt. The two reportedly planned to travel to Somalia to join al Shabab. The two had been under surveillance by the FBI since 2006 and an undercover NYPD officer met with them and recorded their conversations, in which they reportedly discussed the desire to kill U.S. troops and others.

The New York Times reports the pair pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to murder people outside the United States ‘whose beliefs and practices did not accord with their extremist ideology,’” quoting court papers. Reports suggest that they will receive between 15 and 30 years in prison as part of their plea deal. Sentencing has been tentatively scheduled for June.

For more on Alessa and Almonte, click any of the links below:

Terror Suspects in New Jersey Plead Guilty (NYT)

Two New Jersey Men Admit Role in Terrorist Plot (WSJ)

N.J. Pair Plead Guilty to Conspiracy Tied to Terrorism (NPR)


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