Md. Man Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison For Recruiting Center Bomb Plot

BALTIMORE (WJZ)— The man who admitted he plotted to bomb a military facility in Baltimore County learns his fate in federal court.

Weijia Jiang has more on Friday’s sentencing.

Antonio Martinez’s fate was sealed in federal court in Baltimore.

On Friday, a judge sentenced Martinez, 22, to 25 years in prison for plotting to bomb a military recruitment center in Catonsville.

The home-grown terrorist told a government informant he wanted to wage jihad on the United States.

“He went ahead, armed the bomb on his own after it was presented to him by the undercover, drove the car, parked the vehicle in front of the building then went to a vantage point so he could see the effect of what would happen when he activated the bomb,” said Christine Manuelian, assistant U.S. Attorney.

In January, Martinez pleaded guilty to the chilling plan, but during his sentencing, he renounced terrorism and the use of violence. He also apologized for his acts, which he called “wrong.”

“He intended in fact to kill people. He intended to do damage,” said Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney.

In 2010, it was an informant who tipped off the FBI after reading radical posts on Martinez’s Facebook page.

Secretly recorded conversations revealed his anger toward America.

“I have a desire to die in the cause of Allah. And if I go to hell for that, then I’ll be happy,” Martinez said before the bomb plot.

The charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, though the judge only gave Martinez 25 years.

It’s what federal prosecutors agreed on in the plea agreement, which he signed with his Islamic name-Muhammad Hussein.

The judge also sentenced Martinez to five years of supervised release following the prison time.


One Comment

  1. GM says:

    I would never alllow him out of prison. He is a terrorist and really, they should all be exterminated.

  2. Fedup says:

    Any person that raises a hand against America should die..

  3. Koatz says:

    The two previous comments are the clearest indication yet that America and its citizens are radical. Abandoning the principles that made it such an admirable country, it is now on a downward spiral into the abyss.
    I’d give it another twenty to thirty years before its considered a second rate country. I’m not happy about that, but the voices of reason have long left this country.

  4. wise up Md says:

    Koatz, Odumbo is our leader..what do u expect

  5. hey Md says:

    he wants to kill America citizens and Koatz seems ok with that

  6. Not a vigilante says:

    Katz doesn’t seem ok with killing Americans, I think his comment indicates belief in due process of law as stated in the constitution, not “exterminating” etc.

  7. Not a vigilante says:

    Wise up, show some respect.

  8. Steven Spiegel says:

    The only reason this country is going to hell in a Hand Bag Is because of people who believe like Koatz and Not a vigilante . The voice of reason should be telling us to hang this little basterd by his balls in the middle of Catonsville on a nice spring day like this one. I believe our problems stem from us worrying to much about what goes on else where and not taking care of our own. I say drill for oil where ever we may find it and stop doing business with these towel heads making them rich so they can bare arms against us. We have unlimited amounts of natural gas that vehicles will run on if nessacary. We need to be tuff on crimes against us . De head a few of these home growns and it wont look so cool to murder innocent young men and women who are trying to serve in our arned forces. You may think this sounds horrible but whats is more horrible to babie theses idiots and do nothing but give them 3 hots and a cot while others kill many our simply hold a public execution to show we are not standing for this behavior and nip it in the bud killing a few to save thousands? You be the judge.

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