Monday, September 17, 2012
Provided by the U.S. Marshals on Wednesday June 9, 2010 shows Carlos Almonte, left and Mohamed Alessa, right.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - There's still no sentencing date for two men who have been in jail for more than 18 months since pleading guilty to conspiring to murder individuals outside the U.S. by trying to join a designated terrorist organization.
Mohamed Alessa of North Bergen and Carlos Almonte of Elmwood Park admitted plotting to join an armed Islamic group in Somalia with ties to al-Qaida.
The two have been in custody since they were arrested in June 2010 at New York's Kennedy Airport as they prepared to board separate planes to Egypt.
Both men pleaded guilty in March 2011.
They could face up to life in prison. A prior sentencing date was postponed. Attorneys for both men appeared in federal court in Newark earlier this month to discuss scheduling issues.