“Lone Wolf” would-be bomber Jose Pimentel was sentenced to 16 years in prison Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court following his guilty plea last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon in the first degree as a crime of terrorism. The Al Qaeda sympathizer — who spoke to an informant about his plans to attack law enforcement, American soldiers and Jews — was in court but was glum looking as he sat before the judge at his brief sentencing.
It was a far cry from his Feb. 19 appearance when he flashed a sick grin as prosecutors read aloud his disturbing terror plans. Pimentel quietly said “no” Tuesday when he was offered the chance to speak before he was brought back to his holding cell, on the way to serving a stiff state prison sentence. Authorities said he had nearly completed a powerful pipe bomb when he was busted in his Harlem apartment in November 2011. “Local law enforcement is not only uniquely situated to identify threats of terrorism — we are ready and able to stop acts of terrorism before they occur,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.
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