Fort Dix plot accomplice sentenced to 20 months in prison

Fort Dix plot accomplice sentenced to 20 months in prison

[JURIST] New Jersey US District Judge Robert Kugler Monday sentenced Albanian Kosovar refugee Agron Abdullahu [criminal complaint, PDF], one of the six men arrested [JURIST report] in May for plotting an attack on New Jersey's Fort Dix [official website], to 20 months in prison. In October 2007, Abdullahu pleaded guilty to charges of "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press release, PDF; JURIST report] to the other five men, all foreign-born Muslims in their 20s, whom he knew to be illegal immigrants and who allegedly plotted to kill soldiers at Fort Dix. Abdullahu, who was granted asylum in the US eight years ago after fleeing Kosovo, will likely face deportation after serving his sentence. He originally faced up to five years in federal prison. AP has more.

The five alleged plotters of the attack pleaded not guilty in January to additional charges filed against them [JURIST reports], including attempted murder. Prosecutors say their trial will probably last four to six weeks, and jury selection is scheduled for September 29. If convicted, the suspects face life sentences.