Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, 35, who plotted to attack a Seattle military complex with machine guns and grenades was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and also ordered by U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart to be supervised for 10 years after his release.
KOMO News (h/t KH) Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, pleaded guilty last December to conspiracy to murder U.S. officers and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.Prosecutors argued for a 19-year prison sentence with lifetime supervision following his release, saying Abdul-Latif directed major aspects of the planned attack, including picking the Military Entrance Processing Station in south Seattle as a target.
“This was a real attack plot,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg, who prosecuted the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Dion.Greenberg countered assertions by the defense that Abdul-Latif was a passive contributor to the plot, noting the defendant had been eager to take possession of machine guns and didn’t back out of the plan when he had opportunities to do so.
The judge said he found evidence that Abdul-Latif conducted surveillance of the military complex, ordered and purchased weapons and that the location of the target was the defendant’s idea. Robart disagreed that the plot was “manufactured.”
In conversations the FBI recorded with the help of the informant, Abdul-Latif and his co-defendant, Walli Mujahidh, discussed how they wanted to gun down people in the Military Entrance Processing Station in south Seattle as revenge for atrocities by U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, prosecutors said. The military complex is where each branch of the military screens and processes enlistees. The building houses a federal day care center.
“Why don’t we all just go into there with guns blazing and just lay everybody down,” Walli Mujahidh said in one conversation recorded by investigators. “Whoever gets laid down, gets laid down.” Mujahidh pleaded guilty in the case in December 2011.