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.

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.

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.

What do you think of the case? Is home grown terrorism a major concern? Sound off in our comments section.

Comments (11)
  1. Devenio says:

    The Thought Police strike again! I love the way we are now able to catch, try and convict people on what they will do in the future. Future Crime is a reality!

  2. ellen says:

    these guys look scary crazy

  3. Carlos Liriano says:

    i like very much to be the man who executed them both, i will not charge the state any money and i will bring my own rifle and bullets.

    1. Devenio says:

      Wouldn’t that make you a terrorist?

  4. Donnie Most says:

    we need tighter security in new jersey. i walk the streets knowing that any person at any time could be a terrorist. i will not hesitate to turn in my friends, family, or neighbors if i think they are terrorists. we can’t let the terrorists win! if you’re not with us, then you’re against us!

    1. Anson Williams says:

      They’re going straight to H-E-double toothpicks.

    2. KPMc says:

      Ralph Malph? Where’s Potsie?

    3. Us says:

      Then the government has done its job. We set out to instill fear in the average citizen by making up a boogie man. We are glad you have fallen for our mind game.

  5. niklu52 says:

    Two good looking, upstanding American boys… Mom must be proud

  6. The Good Samaritan says:

    I like the cut of their jib, I do.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    1. niklu52 says:

      I’d like to cut off their jibs also

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