Leader Of J.F.K Terror Plot Sentenced To Life
Spending the rest of his life in prison is the price Russel Defreitas will have to pay for leading a plot to blow up fuel tanks and underground pipelines at the John F Kennedy airport here in New York. Defreitas was sentenced earlier today to life imprisonment in addition to five 20 year sentences on the other counts of terrorist activities that he faced by Federal Judge Dora Irizarry.
Despite arguments from his attorneys for a 15 year sentence, claiming that Defreitas’s crimes were more aspirational than operational, the Judge imposed the maximum sentence saying that there was a method behind Defreitas madness. The defense team told the court that the terror plot was only moved along with the involvement of the prosecution’s star witness Steven Francis who infiltrated the gang.
The defense team said Defreitas lacked the resources to carry out any such scheme and could not even afford the price of an airline ticket to Guyana but this defense was rejected by the judge. Judge Irizarry pointed out that she could clearly see his excitement aroused as she watched the video recordings placed into evidence by the prosecution in the case.
Calling the former JFK airport employee the moving force behind the scheme, Judge Irizarry said Russel Defreitas played a leadership role in the plot to bring chaos and devastation to the JFk airport in New York. His sentencing today follows those of Guyanese Abdel Nur and Abdul Kadir with Trinidadian Kareeem Ibrahim being the lone conspirator remaining to face trial. He is said to be presently in poor health which is holding up that trial. Nur pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in prison while former PNC parliamentarian Kadir was convicted along with Defreitas and was sentenced to life in prison.