New Jersey terror suspects plead guilty

March 3, 2011 9:20:29 AM PST
Two New Jersey men have pleaded guilty to charges that they tried to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group overseas.

Mohamed Mahmood Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte entered into a packaged plea deal in a Newark federal courtroom Thursday morning.

They admitted to conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States by trying to join al-Shabab, a designated terrorist organization.

The two were arrested in June at New York's Kennedy Airport and admitted they were headed for Somalia.

The 21-year-old Alessa of North Bergen was born in the United States and is the son of Palestinian immigrants.

Twenty-four-year-old Almonte of Elmwood Park is a naturalized citizen who was born in the Dominican Republic. Both are Muslim.

They could face up to life in prison when sentenced in June.

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