NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Two New Jersey men pleaded guilty to trying to join a terrorist group overseas.
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 21, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, accepted a plea deal, admitting they wanted to try to join al-Shabab, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.READ MORE: Actress Lisa Banes Dies After Being Struck By Scooter On Upper West Side
1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports the two could be sentenced to life in prison
In their plea, they admit to conspiracy to kill, maim and kidnap.
The duo were nabbed last June at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Officials believe they were bound for Egypt and Somalia.READ MORE: Search Continues For Missing Paddle Boarder At Mahwah Pond
Alessa was born in the United States and lived in North Bergen. His parents are Palestinian immigrants.
Almonte is a naturalized citizen, originally from the Dominican Republic. He lived in Elmwood Park.
The two Muslim men smiled at their families in the Newark courtroom when accepting the plea, which could result in life in prison.
They’ll be sentenced in June.MORE NEWS: New York Poised To Lift Most COVID Restrictions As Vaccination Rate Hovers Around 70%
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