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Man to plead guilty in plot to blow up Pentagon

Mass. man to plead guilty in plot to blow up Pentagon with explosive-packed model planes By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) A Massachusetts man is expected to enter a guilty plea in an alleged plot to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

Rezwan Ferdaus (Rez-wahn FER'-das) is scheduled to plead guilty Friday in Boston federal court to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings by means of an explosive.

The charges carry a combined maximum of 35 years in prison. But under a plea agreement filed last week, attorneys are requesting a 17-year sentence.

Ferdaus was arrested in September after federal employees posing as al-Qaida members delivered materials he had allegedly requested, including grenades, machine guns and what he believed was 24 pounds of an explosive.

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