NEW YORK - A Colorado man was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on Friday for lying to investigators who were racing to stop his son from carrying out a plot to bomb New York City subways in 2009, and for persuading family members to help destroy key evidence of the plan.
Mohammed Wali Zazi, 56, was convicted in Brooklyn federal court in July of obstruction of justice and a related conspiracy count for his role in helping to cover the tracks of his son Najibullah, who has admitted to planning an attack on New York City with help from al-Qaida operatives in Pakistan.
The sentence, which includes a separate visa-fraud charge to which Zazi previously pled guilty, is well below the 30-years-to-life sentence recommended by prosecutors.
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