Maryland man gets 25 years in military bomb plot

By REUTERS
April 6, 2012 20:36




WASHINGTON - A judge sentenced a Baltimore man to serve 25 years in a federal prison on Friday for a plot to bomb a US military recruiting center in Maryland as revenge for American policy towards Muslims.

Antonio Martinez, who recently converted to Islam and is also known as Muhammad Hussain, pleaded guilty in January to charges of plotting to detonate a car bomb outside the recruiting center in Catonsville, Maryland, in what had been an FBI-run undercover operation.

In recorded conversations with a confidential source and an FBI undercover agent, Martinez voiced anger toward the United States, his belief that Muslims were being unjustly killed by the US military and his desire to send a message that soldiers would be killed unless the country stopped its "war" on Islam.

Several people he initially attempted to recruit to join in the operation all declined and one of them attempted to persuade him to drop the idea, the Justice Department has said.

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