Jose Pimentel, 29, convert to Islam, cut a plea deal in which he avoided a possible sentence of life in the slammer had he been convicted at trial, which was slated to begin Feb. 24. Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance said “the conviction shows that New York City remains a target of Muslim terrorists more than 12 years after 9/11.”
NY Post (h/t Monica J) Pimentel was caught on wiretaps bragging about how much damage he could do with an inexpensive pipe bomb, authorities said. “That is what I really want to get into because it’s so cheap and it could do a lot of damage … and then that’s something worth going to jail for, you know. Like if you get caught because you blew up half of a side of a police station,” he said on Sept. 7, 2011, days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
In November of 2011 Pimentel attempted to make and possess and explosive device, namely a pipe bomb here in New York City. He used an article, ‘How to Build a Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom’ ” that he got from “Inspire” magazine, an online jihadist publication. If Pimentel were convicted of the top charge, criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism, he would have faced 15 years to life.