Man To Plead in Pentagon Terror Plot - NBC4 Washington

Man To Plead in Pentagon Terror Plot

Man allegedly wanted to fly remote-controlled model planes into Pentagon, Capitol



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    ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 11: Workers drape an American flag along the wall struck by a hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and others will attend a memorial service at the Pentagon Memorial for the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

    A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol plans to plead guilty to two charges.

    That's according to court documents filed Tuesday by prosecutors and attorneys for Rezwan Ferdaus.

    Ferdaus is a Muslim-American from Ashland. He was arrested in September after federal employees posing as al-Qaida members delivered what he believed was 24 pounds of explosives.

    In the documents, prosecutors and Ferdaus' lawyers say they have entered a plea agreement and requested a hearing so Ferdaus can change his plea.

    The documents say Ferdaus will plead guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings by means of an explosive. Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to request a 17-year sentence.

    Federal officials said the public was never in danger from the explosives.