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The Latest: Man on ‘jihad’ admits killing student, 3 others

March 6, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the guilty plea of alleged terrorist Ali Muhammad Brown (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A man prosecutors say was on a “jihad” to avenge U.S. policy in the Middle East has pleaded guilty to killing a college student in New Jersey and has confessed to killing three people in Washington state.

Ali Muhammad Brown pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in 2014 as Tevlin sat in his car at a traffic light.

He also took responsibly for killing two young men shot in Seattle shortly after they left a nightclub in June 2014, and a man killed outside Seattle two months earlier.

Prosecutors say Brown would have to formally plead guilty in Washington for those cases.

The 34-year-old former Seattle resident was the first person charged with terrorism under a New Jersey state law. He faces life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 1.

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12:15 p.m.

A man accused of killing four people in two states in revenge for U.S. policy in the Middle East has pleaded guilty to killing a college student in New Jersey.

Ali Muhammad Brown admitted shooting 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin in 2014 as Tevlin sat in his car at a traffic light.

Brown, a 34-year-old former Seattle resident, pleaded guilty to multiple counts including murder, felony murder, robbery and terrorism.

He was the first person charged with terrorism connected to a homicide under a New Jersey state law.

Jury selection began last week for Brown’s trial, and opening arguments had been expected to begin next week.

Brown also is awaiting trial in three killings in Washington state from earlier in 2014.

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This item has been corrected to show that Brown is 34, not 33.

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