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Judge to sentence Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot

Posted at 5:32 AM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 06:10:55-05

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and drafting a hit list of prominent Democrats and TV journalists awaits sentencing for his guilty plea to firearms and drug offenses.

Christopher Hasson faces a maximum of 31 years in prison when U.S. District Judge George Hazel sentences him on Friday.

Federal prosecutors have recommended a 25-year prison sentence. They have called him a domestic terrorist intent on carrying out mass killings.

Defense attorneys have urged Hazel to spare Hasson from a prison term, accusing prosecutors of fabricating a bogus narrative that he was planning a terrorist attack.