Jose Pimentel entered the plea Wednesday to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism. It was less than a week before his scheduled trial in a rare state-level terrorism case.
Prosecutors want to keep testimony of three key witnesses out of public view at the trial of a New York man charged with plotting terror attacks with homemade bombs.
Jose Pimentel appeared Tuesday in a Manhattan courthouse. He’s facing charges including weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes, brought under a rarely used state terror law.
Jose Pimentel, Samir Khan and Faisal Shahzad might not be household names, but the NYPD says its undercover work in the Muslim community kept them from blowing up your households.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers are in plea negotiations in a rare state-level terror case against a man charged with building a homemade bomb to try to attack soldiers, police and other government targets, both sides said Monday.
“I want to apologize to the city,” Carmen Sosa said. “I love New York and I’ve been here since 1987. I’m very disappointed by what my son is doing.
Jose Pimentel was behind bars Monday night, being held without bail because, officials say, he had grandiose plans to blow up people and places in the metropolitan area, including the Intrepid Air and Space Museum.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it is no surprise that a so-called “al-Qaida sympathizer” would want to target New York City because in his words it’s “so iconic” but among 27-year-old Jose Pimentel’s alleged hit list was the Bayonne police headquarters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the 27-year-old man was acting as a lone wolf and was taken into custody Saturday. He allegedly was inspired by al-Qaida, although his citizenship was not immediately known.