Man jailed for plot to attack US recruiting center

A US man was sentenced to 18 years in jail Monday after pleading guilty to plotting to attack a military recruiting center in the northwestern state of Washington, prosecutors said.

Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release after he gets out of jail, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the US Attorney's Office in the Western District of Washington.

Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to murder US federal employees and conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. He had faced 17-19 years in prison under a plea deal.

In December 2011 a co-defendant in the case, 32-year-old Walli Mujahidh, pleaded guilty to plotting to attack the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Seattle.

Police were alerted to the plot when a member of the public claimed to have been approached about participating in the attack and supplying firearms to the conspirators.

Agents began monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh, recording them on audio and video "discussing a violent assault" on the Seattle military center, where the US military screens and processes enlistees.

"This defendant plotted to kill American servicemen and women, and other innocent people, in furtherance of his extremist views," US Attorney Jenny Durkan said after Abdul-Latif's plea deal was announced in December.