Ashland man sentenced to 17 years in terror plot
BOSTON (WHDH) -- An Ashland man was sentenced to 17 years in prison in a plot to crash remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Rezwan Ferdaus’ mother was surrounded by friends and handed out fliers in support of her son, who was sentenced in federal court in Boston Thursday.
Ferdaus, 26, was arrested last year after federal employees posing as members of al-Qaida delivered materials he requested, including grenades, machine guns and plastic explosives.
“He wanted to decapitate the military center of the United States, terrorize the United States and kill as many people as possible,” said federal prosecutor Stephanie Siegmann.
Investigators said he was planning to use cell phones to detonate model airplanes filled with C4 explosives.
Before his sentencing, Ferdaus told the court, “I find myself at a crossroads which is sure to affect myself and others.”
Ferdaus went on to say, “I can dream of a brighter future…God willing, I will acclimate. I am in full acceptance of my fate.”
Ferdaus’ family is accusing it of entrapment and promised to support their son 100 percent.
“We are the best family that American will ever have,” said Ferdaus’ mother.
In Ferdaus’ statement in court he didn’t mention his Muslim faith and didn’t apologize.
Ferdaus grew up in Massachusetts and has a physics degree from Northeastern University.