A New York City-born former al-Qaeda member who plotted to attack a commuter railroad will be released in three months after spending 8-1/2 years in custody because of the extensive intelligence he provided US investigators after his arrest, prosecutors said.
Bryant Neal Vinas, 34, pleaded guilty in 2009 after his capture by Pakistani authorities in 2008. At a hearing in Brooklyn on Thursday, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis sentenced him to time served plus three months, according to the US attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
Vinas, a US Army veteran, traveled to Pakistan in 2007 and eventually joined the militant group al-Qaeda, which provided him weapons and explosives training, authorities said.
In 2008, he participated in a rocket attack against a US base across the Afghanistan border. He also worked with al-Qaeda leaders to identify potential attacks inside the United States and suggested targeting the Long Island Rail Road, a major commuter rail that connects New York City to Long Island suburbs, according to US prosecutors.
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