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Barry Walter Bujol Jr. Gets 20 Years for Trying to Help Al Qaeda

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A Hempstead man got 20 years in prison today for trying to smuggle GPS devices and prepaid phone cards to Al Qaeda.

Former Prairie View A&M student Barry Walter Bujol Jr., 30, had been convicted in November after defending himself in the trial, which featured a boatload of incriminating evidence, including a homemade montage to the terror organization.

"We do not take matters of potential national security lightly," U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said. "This case and its successful resolution represents our commitment to making our communities a safer place to live."

U.S. District Judge David Hittner gave Bujol the maximum sentence, 15 years for attempting to provide materiel support and five for aggravated identity theft.

Bujol had conversations with both an Al Qaeda recruiter and an undercover agent, prosecutors said.

To prove his worth to the source and AQAP [Al Qaeda] , Bujol performed numerous purported "training exercises" often involving surveillance detection and covert means of communication. Moreover, Bujol repeatedly told the source that AQAP should attack the human beings essential to operate military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) instead of attacking the UAVs themselves. Bujol suggested multiple targets, including one in the Southern District of Texas.

He was arrested in May 2010 after trying to stow away on a ship he believed was headed for Algeria, and has been in federal custody ever since.


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