Plea talks afoot in NYC pipe-bomb terror case

By the Associated Press | January 9, 2012 | 10:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors and defense lawyers say they're in plea negotiations in a rare state-level terror case against a New York City man.

He's charged with building a homemade bomb to try to attack soldiers, police and other government targets.

The Manhattan district attorney's office disclosed the plea talks during a court date Monday in Jose Pimentel's (PIM'-en-telz) case.

Defense lawyer Lori Cohen says prosecutors haven't made any firm offer yet.

Pimentel didn't have to appear for the brief session. He's due back in court March 1.

The 27-year-old is being held without bail on charges including weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes.

Authorities say Pimentel is a Dominican-born al-Qaida sympathizer who was making a pipe bomb when he was arrested in November.