Accused Police Car Bomb Plotter Indicted

Jose Pimentel is accused of weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes.

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    Jose Pimentel, 27, right.

    An al-Qaida sympathizer charged with building a homemade bomb to try to attack police and other government targets has been indicted in a rare state-level terror case.

    An indictment filed Wednesday accuses Jose Pimentel of the initial terror charges against him, weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes.

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    The indictment also includes attempted weapons possession as a terror crime.

    Pimentel's lawyers, Lori Cohen and Susan Walsh, say the case "certainly is not terrorism." They say the lonely, curious 27-year-old was "prime pickings" for an overeager police informant.

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    The Manhattan district attorney's office had no immediate comment.

    The indictment came after plea talks last month evidently didn't bear fruit.

    Court records show Pimentel's arraignment is expected next month. A Thursday court date was canceled.