Boston-Area Man to Plead Guilty to Pentagon Attack Plan
By Janelle Lawrence and Don Jeffrey – Jul 10, 2012 10:50 AM ET
A Massachusetts man agreed to plead guilty to charges of planning to blow up the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol and providing support to terrorists.
Rezwan Ferdaus of Ashland, Massachusetts, 26, will plead guilty to two counts, according to a federal court filing in Boston today. Four other charges were dropped. Ferdaus agreed to a recommended sentence of 17 years in prison plus 10 years of supervised release.
Ferdaus, who earned a physics degree from Northeastern University, is set to admit he plotted to fly remote-controlled planes into the federal buildings and provided material support to al-Qaeda by turning mobile phones into detonators, according to court papers.
He has been held without bail. No date was given for the plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns in Boston.
The case is U.S. v. Ferdaus, 11-10331, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts (Boston).