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Kareem Ibrahim, Man Convicted In JFK Airport Plot, Faces Sentencing

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Fuel tanks at JFK Airport (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Fuel tanks at JFK Airport (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Prosecutors want a life sentence for a man convicted in a failed plot to attack Kennedy Airport.

A judge is scheduled to sentence Kareem Ibrahim on Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Ibrahim was convicted last year of plotting with three other men to destroy the airport by igniting its fuel supply. The men were arrested in 2007 after the FBI infiltrated the scheme.

Prosecutors argued the men wanted to kill thousands of people and cripple the American economy by using explosives to blow up the fuel tanks and the underground pipelines that run through an adjacent Queens neighborhood.

Defense attorneys argued the case was created by government intervention.

Two other people were convicted in 2010 of conspiracy charges and are serving life in prison. A fourth pleaded guilty to providing material support and was sentenced to 15 years. Ibrahim’s case was separated from the others after he fell ill.

Defense attorneys for Ibrahim are seeking a sentence of about 13 years.

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