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Two More Defendants Sentenced in US Army Base Plot


A U.S. federal judge has given long prison sentences to two more men convicted of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers at an Army base in the eastern United States.

The judge sentenced Jordanian-born Mohamed Shnewer to life plus 30 years Wednesday for his role in a plot to attack Fort Dix in New Jersey.

Another man, Turkish-born Serdar Tatar, was given 33 years in prison,

The court on Tuesday handed down life sentences in the plot to three ethnic Albanian brothers born in Macedonia - Dritan, Eljvir and Shain Duka.

A U.S. federal jury convicted the five defendants in December following an eight-week trial in which prosecutors said the men were inspired by al-Qaida.

Authorities arrested the defendants in May 2007. They all pleaded not guilty.

Defense lawyers said paid informants for the Federal Bureau of Investigation unfairly manipulated the men to talk about a plot they never intended to carry out.

They were arrested after trying to buy automatic weapons from a gun seller who was secretly working with federal authorities.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.


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