Ahmed Hassan Al-Uqaily, an Iraqi native who allegedly bought illegal weapons and threatened to "blow something up," pleaded guilty in federal court here Tuesday to both counts of an indictment charging him with illegal possession of weapons.
His recommended sentence under the plea agreement submitted to Chief U.S. District Judge Robert L. Echols is 57 months - less than five years - although the mandatory sentence for his felony charges could have been up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
The first count charged Al-Uqaily with illegal possession of machine guns and the second count charged him with possession of unregistered firearms; namely the machine guns and a destructive device which were components to make a hand grenade.
He also evidenced the desire to obtain some missile-type weapons including a missile he indicated would be sufficient to take out a tank, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Vines.
The 34-year-old Al-Uqaily allegedly spoke to a friend last August of "going jihad" and expressed animosity towards the Jewish community...
"Following his service of that sentence he has agreed to waive any arguments in a matter or case against him to have him deported out of the United States," Vines said.
As part of the agreement, the defendant will forfeit approximately $38,000 in his bank account to the U.S. government as part of a civil complaint against him and keep the remaining $5,000 once he is deported.
Now wait a minute. This guy worked at a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop. How did he wind up with a bank account with $43,000 in it?