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Rezwan Ferdaus: Northeastern grad gets 17 years in terrorism plot

The Ashland man was sentenced today in connection with his plot to use remote-controlled planes to blow up federal buildings.

A Northeastern University graduate was sentenced to nearly two decades in jail today in connection with his plan to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol using remote-controlled plans.

Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, of Ashland, was sentenced to 17 years in jail during a hearing this morning in federal court in Boston, according to the Globe.

The 17-year sentence was agreed upon by both Ferdaus' defense team and prosecutors after a plea agreement was reached.

Earlier this year, Ferdaus agreed to plead guilty, court documents showed.

He pled guilty to plead guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

"Defendant expressly and unequivocally admits that he committed the crimes charged in counts one and five of the indictment, did so knowingly, intentionally and willfully, and is in fact guilty of those offenses," the plea agreement states.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped four other charges against Ferdaus.

Ferdaus, who is a U.S. citizen, planned to use a large, remote controlled aircraft filled with plastic explosives.

 
 
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