Laura Italiano
New York Post
December 5, 2012

He’d dreamed of blowing up ten synagogues — simultaneously, on the same remote detonator. He called himself a “mastermind,” yearned for “chaos and ruckus,” and grinned like an excited child moments before his Midtown arrest, as he purchased what he thought was a live grenade and then held it in his hand.

Islamic bomb plotter Ahmed Ferhani pleaded guilty to all ten of the hate and terror felonies lodged against him today — giving Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., the first state-level terror conviction in New York state.

In return for his admission of guilt, the mentally-ill Algerian immigrant agreed to serve a 10-year prison sentence offered him by a Manhattan judge over the objection of prosecutors, who’d asked for 14 years.

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