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Bergen County inmate accused of plotting to kill prosecutor

A 20-year-old inmate at the Bergen County Jail is now facing charges of attempted murder, after previously being arrested for a weapons offense and more.

The suspect was first arrested in March after being one of the two suspects involved in firebombing a number of synagogues in the county, including Paramus and Rutherford.

Now it has been reported by the prosecutor that the suspect had planned to murder the assistant prosecuting attorney with a gun he would acquire after his $1 million bond release.

The plot was reportedly discovered after police investigators searched the suspect's jail cell and found details on the murder, including the assistant prosecutor's name and others, and notes indicating violence was a necessary action to take against the government. Details on destroying government buildings were not found until after the FBI was informed there was a plot to also commit arson on federal buildings within New Jersey.

The suspect now faces charges including bias intimidation, aggravated arson, conspiracy to commit aggravated arson, conspiracy to commit murder, making terroristic threats, conspiracy to possess a firearm for an unlawful purpose and two counts of criminal mischief.

His bail has been increased from $1 million to $4 million and is currently being detained in Bergen County Jail.

If convicted of his charges, he could be sentenced to up to 80 years in prison.

His alleged partner in the firebombing faces a similarly long sentence if he's convicted of charges including aggravated arson, bias intimidation and multiple counts of attempted murder.

Source: NJ.com, "Synagogue arson suspect now accused of plot to kill prosecutor," June 28, 2012

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