Ashland terror suspect to plead guilty to 2 charges
BOSTON (WHDH) -- An Ashland man charged with plotting to fly remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol plans to plead guilty to two charges, his lawyers and prosecutors said in a plea agreement filed in the Moakley Federal Courthouse Tuesday.
Rezwan Ferdaus has agreed to plead guilty to charges he planned to fly remote-controlled model airplanes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.
“I think that’s a good move for him, definitely. And I mean, he did try to do what he was going to do and thank goodness he didn’t accomplish it,” an Ashland resident said.
The Muslim-American with physics degree from Northeastern University, was arrested in September after federal employees posing as al-Qaida operatives delivered what Ferdaus believed to be 24 pounds of explosives.
On Tuesday, no trespassing signs were posted at the Ashland home where the 26-year-old worked out of the garage.
Ferdaus’ family called police Tuesday morning.
“We will investigate if anyone goes up there and causes a problem. We, as a police department, will respond and investigate and hold those responsible if they receive any threats or anything like that,” said Chief Scott Rohmer, Ashland Police Department.
In the meantime, Ferdaus remains in custody but is fully prepared to confess to his crimes and start serving an agreed to 17 years in prison.
“He certainly deserves it. I think he should plead guilty, absolutely. He got caught red-handed and it is what it is,” one woman said.
Police said the Ferdaus family did receive threats after the terror suspect was arrested. But the Ashland police chief told 7News the Ferdaus family had nothing to do with what Rezwan Ferdaus was plotting to do, and that they have been cleared by the FBI.