Militant admits to role in plans to bomb mosque

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- A member of the Jewish Defense League pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to bomb a mosque and the office of a Lebanese-American congressman.

According to the plea agreement, Earl Krugel said he and Irv Rubin, the late leader of the militant group, discussed bombing Arab institutions in the Los Angeles area.

Krugel, 60, said they chose the Clemente office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., because he was an Arab-American who "held political views contrary to their own."

Krugel faces 10 to 20 years in prison when sentenced May 19.

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