Mass. man admits guilt in plot to blow up Pentagon
By Associated Press
This section of an undated file photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office, which had been presented as a government exhibit at a 2011 hearing, shows Rezwan Ferdaus, of Ashland, Mass.
A Muslim-American man from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty in a plot to use remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives to blow up the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Rezwan Ferdaus (REHZ'-wahn FUR'-dows), of Ashland, pleaded guilty Friday to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings by means of an explosive.
The 26-year-old was arrested last year after federal employees posing as al-Qaida members delivered materials he requested, including grenades, machine guns and plastic explosives.
Under a plea agreement, federal prosecutors agreed to drop four other charges. Prosecutors and Ferdaus' lawyers also agreed to request a 17-year sentence on charges that carry a combined maximum of 35 years in prison.
Ferdaus grew up in Massachusetts and has a physics degree from Boston's Northeastern University.
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