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Father of NYC subway bomb plotter faces up to 40 years in prison for trying to cover up plan
NEW YORK (AP) ' The father of an admitted terrorist is scheduled to be sentenced Friday after his conviction on charges he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son's plot to attack the New York City subways in 2009.
Mohammed Wali Zazi (ZAH'-zee) was convicted last summer of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He faces up to 40 years in prison, although the term could be much lower under federal sentencing guidelines. He maintains his innocence.
Zazi is a former cab driver from Colorado. His son, Najibullah Zazi, (nah-jee-BOO'-lah ZAH'-zee), admitted that he returned from Pakistan to his family's Denver-area home to practice cooking up homemade bombs using chemicals extracted from beauty supplies. He then drove to New York in September 2009 with plans to attack the subway system before he learned he was being watched by the FBI and fled back to Colorado.