A man who pleaded guilty to plotting an attack on a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison.
Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif has already agreed to a prison sentence between 17 and 19 years. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge James Robart said Abdul-Latif will have to spend 10 years on parole. Federal prosecutors wanted lifetime parole and monitoring.
The 35-year-old had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder U.S. officers and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
Abdul-Latif was arrested June 22, 2011. In conversations the FBI recorded with the help of the informant, authorities say Abdul-Latif and a co-defendant had discussed how they wanted to gun down people in the Military Entrance Processing Station in south Seattle as revenge for atrocities by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
The FBI said members of the Muslim community first tipped them to his plans to attack the United States.
A terrible crime was stopped from happening. A person was held accountable and our streets are safer, said Jenny Durkan - US Attorney.
Abdul-Latif's attorneys say their client was entrapped by an informant paid $100,000 by the government.