Queens Woman Gets 15 Years In Prison For Role In Terror Plot

Erica Brosnan
January 09, 2020 - 1:33 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Queens woman who admitted to her role in planning to build a bomb for use in a terrorist attack was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday.

Asia Siddiqui and another woman were arrested in 2015 in connection to the terror plot after an NYPD sting operation.

She and her co-defendant, Noelle Velentzas, pleaded guilty in August to a charge of teaching or distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device or weapon of mass destruction in furtherance of a planned federal crime of violence.

Valentzas is still awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said Siddiqui was the one who searched online for instructions on how to construct a homemade explosive and shopped for components at Home Depot.

“Inspired by radical Islam, Siddiqui and her co-defendant researched and taught each other how to construct bombs to be used on American soil against law enforcement and military targets,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.

At the time of their arrests, the DOJ said it uncovered propane tanks, car bomb instructions, jihadist literature and multiple machetes and knives in their homes.

Prosecutors say she also wrote two poems and an article published in a magazine called “Jihad Recollections.”

“Asia Siddiqui and co-defendant Noelle Velentzas were more than prepared to kill Americans and fellow New Yorkers,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney. “Today, Siddiqui’s fate has been sealed as we await one final sentencing that will decisively bring this case to a close.”

Velentzas also faces up to 20 years in federal prison.