April 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Man sentenced to 17 years for Seattle terror plot
A former Los Angeles resident was sentenced today to 17 years in prison in connection with the July 2011 plot to attack a military installation in Seattle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Walli Mujahidh, 34, pleaded guilty in December 2011 to charges of conspiracy to kill officers of the United States, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Federal prosecutors said Mujahidh and Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif plotted to kill U.S. military recruits in a machine-gun and grenade attack on the day after Fourth of July 2011 in hopes of inspiring like-minded radical Muslims in the U.S. to carry out terrorist attacks. Their target, according to federal prosecutors, was the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) on East Marginal Way South.
Abdul-Latif, 35, was sentenced last month to 18 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and to murder U.S. officers.
Police learned of the plot through a paid informant, who secretly recorded conversations with the men, according to an indictment.
According to the FBI, the informant recorded conversations with the men in which Abdul-Latif said he hoped the attack would inspire other young Muslims to rise up against the West.
According to court documents and law-enforcement sources, Abdul-Latif had initially chosen Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a target at least partly because Stryker soldiers there are being court-martialed for allegedly murdering Afghan civilians. The target was changed later to the MEPS because the base was considered to be too large and hard to penetrate.
The two men were arrested in June 2011 after Abdul-Latif allegedly paid the informant for rifles and grenades that had been secretly disabled by federal agents.
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