Money broker seeks mercy in Times Square bomb case

(AP) - The money broker who unwittingly provided $7,000to Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad, of Bridgeport, says his life has been plunged into emotional and financial chaos, and he hopes he can avoid jail time for his family's sake.

Mohammad Younis, of Centereach, on Long Island, pleaded guilty in August to an illegal banking charge. Prosecutors say Younis provided $7,000 in $100 bills to Shahzad.

The Bridgeport man drove an SUV to Times Square on May 1, 2010, and tried to set off a propane-and-gasoline bomb. He pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.

Younis is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 30. The single chargehe pleaded guilty to carries a maximum punishment of five years inprison.

Newsday reports that Younis has writtento U.S. District Judge John Keenan seeking leniency so he cansupport his family.

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