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The pair of radical lawyers who firebombed an empty police vehicle amid violent protests in Brooklyn have struck a new plea deal that could limit their prison terms to two years — down from the 10 originally sought by prosecutors, new court documents show.
The attorneys, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman, reached an “alternative resolution” with Brooklyn federal prosecutors in their May 30, 2020 case, according to a filing on Tuesday.
Under the new agreement, the pair of firebugs agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to a letter filed Tuesday in their case.
Prosecutors, however, will seek a maximum of two years in prison for the duo under the agreement – though a judge could still impose a sentence of up to five years, according to the letter filed in their case.
The plea will have to be formally accepted by a judge to be finalized.
Prior to the new agreement, federal prosecutors had sought a 10-year sentence for the pair under a terrorism enhancement after they each copped to one count of possessing and making a destructive device.
In the letter filed Tuesday, the feds noted the probation department had determined that the enhancement was unusually punitive given Mattis and Rahman’s lack of prior criminal histories.
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