A New York woman was sentenced now to 198 months, about 16 and a fifty percent years, in prison for her job in planning a terrorist assault in the United States.
Noelle Velentzas, 33, of Queens, was convicted of instructing or distributing information and facts pertaining to the generating and use of an explosive, destructive product, or weapon of mass destruction in furtherance of a prepared federal crime of violence. Co-defendant Asia Siddiqui pleaded responsible on Aug. 23, 2019 and was sentenced to 15 a long time in prison in January 2020.
“As aspect of her system intention to wage violent jihad, Velentzas and her co-defendant Asia Siddiqui researched and taught every other how to build bombs to be used on American soil in opposition to law enforcement and army targets,” stated Assistant Legal professional Normal John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Safety Division. “With the sentence imposed by the courtroom, Velentzas has been held accountable for her crimes. The Legal professional Standard just lately reminded us that we must continue to be vigilant against threats from intercontinental terrorism, and we are grateful for individuals agents, analysts and prosecutors who have been and introduced Velentzas to justice right before she could have out her designs.”
“The defendant expressed her guidance for overseas terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic Condition of Iraq and al-Sham by mastering how to build bombs and other explosive gadgets and focusing on members of legislation enforcement for terror,” claimed Acting U.S. Legal professional Mark J. Lesko for the Eastern District of New York. “Today’s sentence imposes a just punishment on the defendant for her prepared horrific crimes. Counterterrorism and preserving the American people continue to be among the the optimum priorities of the Section of Justice, and this Office environment, jointly with the FBI, the NYPD and our Joint Terrorism Activity Force companions, will proceed to exercising severe vigilance to incapacitate terrorists.”
According to court docket files, concerning somewhere around 2013 and 2015 Velentzas and her co-defendant prepared to make a bomb for use in a terrorist assault in the United States. In furtherance of their strategy, the defendants taught every single other chemistry and electrical abilities instantly connected to creating explosives and developing detonating units analyzed the explosives used in earlier terrorist assaults together with the Boston marathon bombing, the Oklahoma Metropolis bombing and the 1993 Planet Trade Middle assault researched how to make plastic explosives and construct motor vehicle bombs shopped for and acquired resources to be made use of in an explosive machine and assessed opportunity targets of an assault, focusing on law enforcement and armed service-linked targets.
When engaging in these functions, Velentzas regularly expressed her guidance for promoting and waging violent jihad and her motivation to dedicate functions of violence. Velentzas claimed that Osama bin Laden was her hero, and expressed praise for the September 11th attacks as effectively as Mohammed Shnewer, who was convicted of plotting a terrorist attack from users of the armed expert services at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
At the time that Velentzas and Siddiqui were being arrested in 2015, law enforcement officers searched their residences and discovered tools of the trade for a terrorist assault, which includes propane gasoline tanks, soldering tools, automobile bomb directions and jihadist literature, machetes and knives.
The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Power, which consists of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the NYPD and more than 50 other federal, state and community agencies, investigated the scenario.
Demo Attorney Jennifer Burke of the Countrywide Security Division’s Counterterrorism Part and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig R. Heeren, Jennifer M. Sasso, Josh Hafetz and Jonathan E. Algor of U.S. Attorney’s Office environment for the Japanese District of New York prosecuted the situation.