The last two members of the so-called “Portland Seven” awaiting trial pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court for participating in a plot to go to Afghanistan in October 2001 to help the Taliban government fight a coalition that included U.S. forces.
Jeffrey Leon Battle and Patrice Lumumba Ford agreed to plea bargains that will result in both serving 18 years in federal prison, reports the Oregonian. Both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to levy war against the United States. Unlike the other defendants in the case, they will not cooperate with the government’s ongoing investigation into those who may have helped organize and finance the plot.
So far six people have pleaded guilty in the case. The seventh member of the group, Habis Abdulla al Saoub, is considered a fugitive. Justice Department sources told the Oregonian that they are trying to confirm a Pakistani report that he was killed in a skirmish near the Afghan border earlier this month.