United States / 19-09-2012
Alleged Synagogue bomber mulling plea offer from DA's Office
New York, NY - A Queens man charged by the DA's office with plotting to blow up New York synagogues after the FBI reportedly declined to pursue a case against him has been offered a plea deal that would shave "significant" time off a potential 25-year sentence, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Ahmed Ferhani, 27, one of two men accused of hatching a terrorist scheme to attack synagogues, is considering the deal offered Tuesday by the Manhattan District Attorney's office, according to Ferhani's lawyer, Lamis Deek.
“The offer of jail time is substantially lower than the maximum,” Deek said, declining to elaborate on the details of the proposed agreement, except to say that it was a favorable deal for her client.
Ferhani and his co-defendant, Mohamed Mamdouh, were indicted in Manhattan Supreme Court on weapons possession, hate crime and terrorism conspiracy charges last June after a seven-month undercover police investigation.
The men face up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the top count, the felony weapons charge.