NYC Terror Suspect Could Get a Plea Deal

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, together with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, announced the arrest of 27yr old American citizen Jose Pimentel, also known as Muhammad Yusuf, for planning to detonate explosive devices on American soil. Jose was hit with a slew of charges, including Criminal Possession of A Weapon In The First Degree As a Crime of Terrorism.<P>Pictured: Press Conference <P><B>Ref: SPL332900  201111  </B><BR/>Picture by: T Parisienne / Splash News<BR/></P><P><B>Splash News and Pictures</B><BR/>Los Angeles:310-821-2666<BR/>New York:212-619-2666<BR/>London:870-934-2666<BR/><BR/></P>
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Suspected pipe-bomb builder Jose Pimentel could be offered a plea deal, prosecutors said today. Pimentel has yet to be indicted more than six weeks after his arrest at the New York apartment of a police informant, and a grand jury action was postponed for the third time on Monday in order to give Pimentel and his attorneys a chance to review “materials” from the Manhattan district attorney. Mayor Bloomberg and Police Comissioner Ray Kelly presented the Pimentel arrest proudly to the press, describing him as a “lone wolf” and “Al Qaeda sympathizer,” but subsequent information called into question the suspect’s ability to do anything on his own. As it turned out, the FBI had passed on the case more than once, and in airing their doubts about its seriousness, hurt the NYPD’s feelings.