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The Latest: Man who joined al-Qaida sentenced to time served

The Latest on a man who acknowledges he tried to kill American soldiers and provided support to al-Qaida before Pakistani authorities captured him in 2008 (all times local):

3 p.m.

A New York man who joined al-Qaida and schemed with its leaders on how to attack the Long Island Rail Road has been sentenced on terrorism charges to time served, about eight years.

Bryant Neal Vinas (VEE'-nuhs) will be released in 90 days. He'll be on probation for life.

Vinas pleaded guilty to charges he tried to kill American soldiers and provided support to the terror network before Pakistani authorities captured him in 2008. He was sentenced Thursday in Brooklyn.

Vinas cooperated with authorities after he was taken into custody. U.S. authorities credit the Patchogue (PACH'-awg) native with helping them identify al-Qaida members, pinpoint their hideouts and disrupt terror plots. The LIRR scheme apparently was never set in motion.

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11:05 a.m.

A New Yorker who joined al-Qaida and schemed with its leaders on how to attack the Long Island Rail Road is due in court for sentencing on terrorism charges.

Bryant Neal Vinas (VEE'-nuhs) pleaded guilty to charges he tried to kill American soldiers and provided support to the terror network before Pakistani authorities captured him in 2008.

A federal judge in Brooklyn will decide on Thursday whether Vinas' extensive cooperation after he was in custody should earn him a shorter prison term or even his freedom.

U.S. authorities credit the Patchogue (PACH'-awg) native with helping them identify al-Qaida members, pinpoint their hideouts and disrupt terror plots. The LIRR scheme apparently was never set in motion.