Plea agreement reached in case of accused Arizona terror suspect Mahin Khan

Posted at 11:26 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 19:22:23-04

State prosecutors and Arizona terror suspect Mahin Khan have agreed to parameters of a plea agreement, according to court papers filed Friday.

According to a plea agreement obtained by ABC15 News, Khan agrees to plead guilty to terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, and conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons. 

The agreement was signed by Khan, his attorney, and prosecutors, on Friday.  

The government is accusing Khan of writing e-mails to an alleged member of the Pakistan Taliban, seeking weapons and instructions for a pipe bomb, a homemade explosive, and plotting to blow up a local motor vehicle office. It's not clear whether Khan was corresponding with an actual member of the Taliban or a federal agent, but records show that he said he supported the Islamic State group.

Khan initiallypleadnot guilty on July 15.

In the agreement, Khan will serve a prison term with the Arizona Department of Corrections for no less than five years and no more than 10 years, three months related the count of conspiracy to commit terrorism.

He'll serve an additional term of two years for the charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct Involving weapons.

On the terrorism count itself, Khan will be placed on probation following his release from prison on the other charges.  During his probation, he'll have to surrender his passport, and will not be allowed outside Maricopa and Pima counties without permission. He'll also be subject to mental health exams and have internet restrictions. 

Khan is scheduled for sentencing on November 4.