Three brothers who were convicted of plotting to kill members of the U.S. military during an armed attack on a military base were sentenced today to life prison terms.
U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler sentenced Dritan Duka and Shain Duka to prison terms of life plus an additional, consecutive 30 years. The third brother, Eljvir Duka, received a life prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.
Kugler, who presided over a 12-week trial of the Duka brothers and two other co-defendants, also ordered the Dukas to pay $125,000 in restitution for the costs of added security measures enacted after the plot was unearthed. The other two defendants, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer and Serdar Tatar, are scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.They were all arrested in 2007 after Dritan and Shain Duka met with a confidential government witness in Cherry Hill, NJ to purchase four automatic M-16 rifles and three semi-automatic AK-47 rifles to be used in the planned attack on the soldiers. Last December, all five were convicted for conspiring to murder members of the U.S. military. They and Shnewer were also in a future attack on military personnel. The Duka brothers and Shnewer were also convicted on federal firearm charges.
The group had set up surveillance of Fort Dix and Fort Monmouth, NJ, Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and the U.S. Coast Guard in Philadelphia. The trial revealed that they had obtained a detailed map of Fort Dix and had planned to kill as many soldiers there as possible using assault rifles.
During the trial, the jury viewed secretly recorded videotapes of the defendants performing small-arms training at a shooting range in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and watching training videos that included depictions of American soldiers being killed and of known foreign Islamic radicals urging jihad against the United States.
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