Fort Dix plot suspect pleads guilty to lesser charge

[JURIST] One of the six men arrested [JURIST report] in May for plotting an attack on a New Jersey military base pleaded guilty Wednesday to "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press release, PDF] to the others, whom he knew to be illegal immigrants. The other men allegedly plotted to kill soldiers at numerous military bases, including New Jersey's Fort Dix [official website]. Agron Abdullahu pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide weapons to illegal immigrants [superseding information, PDF] in the District of New Jersey [official website; Fort Dix trial website], and now faces up to five years in federal prison. Following Wednesday's hearing, Abdullahu's lawyer told AP that Abdullahu made no deal to testify against the other men, because he "had no information about and was not involved in any terror plot." The lawyer added that there was no "Fort Dix Six," but instead a "Fort Dix Five" who used his client.

Abdullahu, who was granted asylum in the US eight years ago after fleeing Kosovo, will likely face deportation after serving his sentence. Abdullahu's sentencing is scheduled for early February, while trials for the other men are scheduled to begin [order, PDF] in January. AP has more.

 

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