NEW YORK (AP) — The government says it is offering a plea deal that may result in freedom for a Tunisian man who last year was accused of plotting to build a U.S.-based terrorism cell and radicalizing a Canadian man charged in a train derailment plot.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Ferrara announced the offer in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday at a pre-trial hearing for Ahmed Abassi. The plea would be to charges of making false statements and a misdemeanor: possessing an identification document with intent to defraud the United States. Abassi has pleaded not guilty.
He said federal sentencing guidelines would call for a sentence of up to six months if the government declines to ask for a terrorism enhancement at sentencing. If it did, the maximum would be six years in prison.