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a memo of his own that he would not argue with a 15 year sentence during Thursday hearing even though is an open question whether Matthew Llaneza would have participated in a plot to detonate a car bomb had he not been introduced to and guided by an undercover FBI agent. was not a radicalized jihadist but rather a delusional, severely mentally disturbed young man; he had no technical skills to speak of, Matthews wrote. had no training or background that would have helped him to accomplish an actual bombing; he was preternaturally suggestible and desirous of being accepted; and, not least, he had no desire to inflict mass casualties. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that they did not plan to attend their son sentencing, but submitted a letter attesting to his genuinely good core character and lifetime of struggles.
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Llaneza apologized to the judge and said he would seek psychiatric help while in prison.
conduct he pleaded guilty to is very out of character for him, and we never ever would have thought he would come up with an idea like he has been accused of, they said.
a conviction that would ordinarily carry a sentence of 30 years to life.
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OAKLAND, Calif. A California man with delusions of joining the Taliban was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a bank with a car bomb he thought would go off but was actually made up of inert materials supplied by the FBI. District Judge Virginia Gonzalez Rogers said she was satisfied that the sentence spelled out in a plea deal between Matthew Aaron Llaneza and federal prosecutors struck a balance between acknowledging the 29 year old San Jose resident mental condition and punishing him for actions.
offence conduct here was very serious. He knowingly and wilfully participated in a plan to blow up a bank building. He created the plan and selected the target. He helped build what he believed to be a large bomb to accomplish the plan. Attorney Andrew Caputo wrote in the memo. the bomb been real, it would have destroyed at least a portion of the building and easily could have killed or seriously injured innocent bystanders. defence lawyer, Assistant Federal Public Defender Jerome Matthews, said in Nike Basketball Shoes New
This photo released by the San Jose Police Department via the San Jose Mercury News shows Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, after a 2011 arrest for weapons offenses. Llaneza, a California man with delusions of joining the Taliban, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 to 15 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a bank with a car bomb he thought would go off but was actually made up of inert materials supplied by the FBI. District Judge Virginia Gonzalez Rogers said she was satisfied that the sentence spelled out in a plea deal between Llaneza and federal prosecutors struck a balance between acknowledging the 29 year old San Jose resident mental condition and punishing him for actions. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department via the San Jose Mercury News)
Both the vehicle and the inert chemicals loaded inside were supplied by FBI agents after Llaneza allegedly made contact with an undercover agent who pretended to have connections with the Taliban and helped him build a phoney car bomb. He was arrested near the four story bank building in Oakland after he pressed a cellphone trigger to try to detonate the explosives, which he believed were real.
AP Photo/San Jose Police Department via the San Jose Mercury News
He pleaded guilty in October to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, Nike Hyperdunk Basketball Shoes Youth
Along with the prison term, Rogers sentenced Llaneza to spend the rest of his life on probation, meaning law enforcement officers will be free to search him at any time.
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