California man who tried to bomb bank faces prison
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Is Matthew Aaron Llaneza a dangerous Taliban sympathizer bent on doing harm to the United States? Could he be an impressionable and mentally ill American led astray by undercover FBI operatives posing as terrorists?
On Thursday, a federal judge in Oakland will decide how much prison time the 29-year-old deserves after pleading guilty to a bizarre plot to blow up a Bank of America branch in Oakland with an SUV supposedly loaded with explosives last February. The SUV was supplied by FBI agents and loaded with inert material to make Llaneza think the vehicle really contained explosives.
He was arrested after he tried to detonate the phony car bomb. The FBI alleges LLaneza hoped the explosive would spark civil unrest in the United States.
He faces as much as 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Thursday afternoon.