A man prosecutors said plotted to attack the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol with a remote-controlled airplane filled with explosives agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Boston Tuesday, according to the FBI.
Authorities say Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, gave undercover FBI agents detonation components disguised as mobile phones, and in turn received C-4 explosives, grenades and assault weapons from the undercover agents. His ultimate plan was to bomb the Pentagon and Capitol by placing the explosives in remote-controlled planes, according to the FBI.
The Northeastern University graduate was arrested in September shortly after receiving the weapons from the undercover agents.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend that Ferdaus spend 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. Ferdaus pleaded guilty to attempting to damage and destroy a federal building by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. Prosecutors will drop the remaining charges against him, the FBI said.
Prosecutors cautioned that the plea agreement reached Tuesday still needs the approval of the federal court.