One-half of a duo charged with planning a terrorist attack on a Seattle military installation pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday.
Walli Mujahidh's guilty plea to charges, including conspiracy to murder officers and agents of the United States and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, will help him avoid a life sentence.
Mujahidh, 32, and Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif were charged with plotting to use assault rifles to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) on Seattle's East Marginal Way.
A sting operation conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force foiled the plot in June.
“This defendant tried to carry out a plot to kill American servicemen and women, and other innocent citizens who happened to be at the federal facility on the day of the planned attack,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.
“I applaud the FBI, Seattle Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force for their work in disrupting this plot
If the plea deal is accepted, Mujahidh will be sentenced to between 27 and 32 years in prison.