If the judge's head had still been in the sand, you see, he would have been more lenient toward her sweet boy the would-be jihad murderer. "Mother of North Bergen terrorist outraged son sentenced day of Boston Marathon bombing," by Michaelangelo Conte for The Jersey Journal, May 8 (thanks to Kenneth):
The mother of the North Bergen man serving 22 years on terrorism-related charges told The Jersey Journal Tuesday that she feels her son's sentencing 10 minutes after the Boston Marathon bombing led to an injustice.
"It was at the same time, the same minutes," Nadia Alessa, 53, said at her North Bergen home of the sentencing of her son, Mohamed Alessa, 23, who is in a federal correctional facility in Brooklyn.
"I don't think the judge had any mercy in his heart," Nadia Alessa said of U.S. District Judge Dickinson Debevoise who also sentenced her son's codefendant, Carlos Almonte, 27, of Elmwood Park, on April 15 in Newark to 20 years in prison. "There was no mercy. If he had mercy, not even for my son, for me ... I don't have anyone but him."
Alessa said killers receive sentences as severe as her son and she said he hurt no one.
"In court they said 'Mohamed said to Carlos. Carlos said to Mohamed.' They never said 'Mohamed did.' They never said 'Carlos did,'" the mother said.
The pair were arrested at JFK International Airport in 2010 as they were about to board separate flights to Egypt and they pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiring to join an armed Islamic group in Somalia with ties to al-Qaida.
At a press conference after the guilty pleas, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said, "Their aim was to murder people with beliefs not aligned with their own extremist philosophy ... They wanted to commit violence on non-believers."...