NYC pipe bomb suspect Jose Pimentel pleads guilty to terrorism charge

Posted at 11:18 AM, Feb 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-19 11:48:47-05

Pimentel’s lawyers said he pleaded guilty to the charge to avoid a life sentence.

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for a New York City man who pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge in a pipe bomb plot says he took the plea to avoid the possibility of life in prison.

Jose Pimentel had been charged with building homemade bombs to attack soldiers, police or even the George Washington Bridge. He entered the plea Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism.

Authorities call the case a dramatic example of the threat of homegrown, one-person terrorism plots.

Pimentel’s lawyers have portrayed it as an example of overzealous policing since 9/11. While Pimentel admitted guilt, one of his lawyers says “the question that will not be answered, at least not in a court of law, is who exactly is recruiting whom in this war, this so-called war on terror.”