A New York man recruited by al-Qaeda was sentenced to the equivalent of two life terms in prison by a federal judge for plotting to bomb the city’s subway system.
Adis Medunjanin, 28, was sentenced Friday in Brooklyn, New York, for planning the failed suicide bombing, which was set to occur around the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Bloomberg reports that a jury convicted Medunjanin in May of nine charges associated with the would-be bombing, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A life sentence is mandatory under charges of using a destructive device in connection with the plot.
U.S. District Judge John Gleeson sentenced Medunjanin, whose family emigrated from Bosnia and lived in Queens, New York, to life plus an additional 95 years.
Fox Business Network reports that prosecutors had accused Medunjanin and two high school classmates of receiving al-Qaida training in Pakistan before agreeing to strap on backpack bombs for a strike a few days before the eighth anniversary of the September 11th. terror attacks.
Admitted mastermind Najibullah Zazi and another man both pleaded guilty and testified against the 28-year-old Medunjanin.