After five days of deliberation, a federal jury in Brooklyn has convicted a former airport worker and his accomplice of plotting to blow up New York JFK Airport in a terrorist attack. Russell Defreitas and Abdul Kadir face life in prison when they are sentenced on Dec. 15. Attorneys said both men planned to appeal, claiming that the jury was swayed by "the atmosphere of fear in the country ... of Muslims, Islam and fear of terrorists." But U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch insisted justice had been served. "The defendants intended to send a message by killing Americans and destroying the New York City economy," she said. "Today, the only message is that those who engage in potentially deadly plots against the United States will be stopped and punished."
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