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Pakistani man gets 140 months for plot

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A federal judge sentenced a 19-year-old Pakistani immigrant to 140 months in prison Thursday for plotting to blow up electrical power substations and a National Guard armory in south Florida.

Imran Mandhai had pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas to one count of conspiracy to damage and destroy property with fire and explosives.

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Co-defendant Shueb Mossa Jokhan, 24, was sentenced Oct. 4 to 58 months for his role in the plot.

"This case shows we will not tire or rest until we weed out and bring to justice those who would harm the United States," U.S. Attorney Marcos Jimenez said.

Mandhai recruited Jokhan and conspired with him to bomb electrical power stations and a National Guard armory as part of a jihad mission in the United States, the indictment said.

The attacks were to be followed by a list of demands on the U.S. government and other governments around the world," it said.

It said Mandhai scouted locations where the bombs would be placed and sought to acquire AK-47 type assault weapons for jihad training and operations.

He also tried to obtain the release from custody of an unidentified individual described as a mujahedin fighter committed to jihad.

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The court found that Mandhai was an organizer of the plot and his sentence was increased to nearly 12 years because of that.

During one meeting with a government agent, Mandhai expressed his interest in forming a group of 25-30 people who could be trained and ready for a mission against the United States, prosecutors said.

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