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Terrorism Plea Agreement between U.S Department of Justice and Rezwan Ferdaus

Terrorism Plea Agreement between U.S Department of Justice and Rezwan Ferdaus

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Terrorism Plea Agreement between U.S Department of Justice and Rezwan Ferdaus in plot to blow up Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
Terrorism Plea Agreement between U.S Department of Justice and Rezwan Ferdaus in plot to blow up Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

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JUN2'8
2012
u.s.
DepartmentofJustice
Carmen
M.
OrtizUnitedStatesAttorneyDistrictofMassachusetts
MainReception:
(617)
748-3100JohnJosephMoakleyUnitedStatesCourthouse1CourthouseWaySuite
9200
Boston,Massachusetts
022JO
June26,2012MiriamConrad,Esq.CatherineByrne,Esq.OfficeoftheFederalDefender51SleeperStreet,5thFloorBoston,MA02110Re:UnitedStatesv.RezwanFerdaus,CriminalNo.11-10331-RGSDearCounsel:ThislettersetsforththeAgreementbetweentheUnitedStatesAttorneyfortheDistrictofMassachusetts("theU.S.Attorney")andyourclient,RezwanFerdaus(,'Defendant"),intheabove-referencedcase.TheAgreementisasfollows:1.ChangeofPleaAttheearliestpracticabledate,DefendantshallpleadguiltytoCountsOneandFiveoftheabove-referencedIndictment:(1)attemptingtodamageanddestroyafederalbuilding(thePentagonandU.S.CapitolBuilding)bymeansofanexplosive,inviolationof18U.S.C.§844(f)(1)(CountOne);and(2)attemptingtoprovidematerialsupporttoterroristsknowingandintendingthatitwouldusedinpreparationforandcarryingoutaviolationof18U.S.
C.
§1114,inviolationof18U.S.C.§2339A(CountFive).DefendantexpresslyandunequivocallyadmitsthathecommittedthecrimeschargedinCountsOneandFiveoftheIndictment,didsoknowingly,intentionallyandwillfully,andisinfactguiltyofthoseoffenses.TheU.S.AttorneyagreestodismissCountsTwo,Three,Four,andSixoftheIndictmentfollowingtheimpositionofsentenceatthesentencinghearing.
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2.PenaltiesDefendantfacesthefollowingmaximumpenaltiesforCountsOneandFiveoftheIndictment:CountOne-Defendantfacesaminimummandatorysentenceof5years'imprisonmentandamaximumof20yearsinprison.Defendantalsofacesthreeyearsofsupervisedrelease,afineof$250,000,andamandatoryspecialassessmentof$100.CountFive-Defendantfacesamaximumpenaltyof15yearsinprison,alifetermofsupervisedrelease,afineof$250,000,andamandatoryspecialassessmentof$100.3.Fed.R.Crim.P.11(c)C1)(C)PleaThispleaagreementismadepursuanttoFed.R.Crim.P.11(c)(1)(C),andDefendant'spleawillbetenderedpursuanttothatprovision.
In
accordancewithFed.R.Crim.P.11(c)(1)(C),iftheDistrictCourt("Court")acceptsthispleaagreement,theCourtmustincludetheagreeddispositioninthejudgment.IftheCourtrejectsanyaspectofthispleaagreement,theU.S.AttorneymaydeemtheAgreementnullandvoid.DefendantexpresslyunderstandsthathemaynotwithdrawhispleaofguiltyunlesstheCourtrejectsthisAgreementunderFed.R.Crim.P.11(c)(5).4.SentencingGuidelinesThepartiesagreejointlytotakethefollowingpositionsatsentencingundertheUnitedStatesSentencingGuidelines:WithrespecttotheapplicationoftheUnitedStatesSentencingGuidelinesonCountOne:(i)inaccordancewithUSSG§2K1.4(a),Defendant'sbaseoffenselevelis24becausetheoffensecreatedasubstantialriskofdeathorseriousbodilyinjurytoanypersonotherthanaparticipantintheoffense,andthatriskwascreatedknowingly,and/orbecauseitinvolvedtheattempteddestructionofagovernmentfacilityorplaceofpublicuse.WithrespecttotheapplicationoftheUnitedStatesSentencingGuidelinesonCountFive:(i)inaccordancewithUSSG§§2X2.1and2A2.1,Defendant'sbaseoffenselevelis33;and(ii)inaccordancewithUSSG§3Al.4(theterrorismenhancement),theDefendant'soffenselevelof33wouldbeincreasedby12levels(andDefendant'scriminalhistorycategoryisincreasedtoVI)resultinginan2
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adjustedoffenselevelof45,whichcarriesaguidelinerangeoflife,becausetheoffenseisafelonythatinvolved,orwasintendedtopromote,afederalcrimeofterrorism.Thereisnoagreementwithrespecttogroupingbutitdoesnotmatterbecausethetotaloffenselevelis45regardlessofwhetherthecountsaregrouped.IfthecountsaregroupedtogetherpursuanttoUSSG§3D1.2(b),onthegroundtheyinvolvethesamevictimandtwoormoreactsortransactionsconnectedbyacommoncriminalobjectiveorconstitutingpartofacommonschemeorplan,theapplicableoffenselevelwouldbe45becauseitisthehighestoffenselevelofthetwocounts.
See
USSG§3D1.3(a).Iftheoffensesarenotgrouped,theoffenselevelwouldstillbe45becausetheoffenselevelforCountOne,26,is9ormorelevelslessseriousthan45,theoffenselevelforCountFive,andisthereforedisregarded.
See
USSG§3DI.4(c).Theapplicableadjustedoffenselevelthereforeis45.
In
accordancewithUSSG§3El.l,basedonDefendant'spromptacceptanceofpersonalresponsibilityfortheoffensesofconvictioninthiscase,theadjustedoffenselevelisreducedbythree.TheU.S.Attorney'sagreementthatthedispositionsetforthbelowisappropriateinthiscaseisbased,inpart,onDefendant'spromptacceptanceofpersonalresponsibilityfortheoffense(s)ofconvictioninthiscase.TheU.S.Attorneymay,athersoleoption,bereleasedfromhercommitmentsunderthisAgreement,including,butnotlimitedto,heragreementthatParagraph5constitutestheappropriatedispositionofthiscase,ifatanytimebetweenDefendant'sexecutionofthisAgreementandsentencing,Defendant:(a)Failstoadmitacompletefactualbasisfortheplea;(b)Failstotruthfullyadmithisconductintheoffensesofconviction;(c)Falselydenies,orfrivolouslycontests,relevantconductforwhichDefendantisaccountableunderUSSG§lBl.3;(d)Failstoprovidetruthfulinformationabouthisfmancialstatus;(e)GivesfalseormisleadingtestimonyinanyproceedingrelatingtothecriminalconductchargedinthiscaseandanyrelevantconductforwhichDefendantisaccountableunderUSSG§lBl.3;
(f)
EngagesinactswhichformabasisforfindingthatDefendanthasobstructedorimpededtheadministrationof'justiceunderUSSG§3Cl.l;(g)IntentionallyfailstoappearinCourtorviolatesanyconditionofrelease;3
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