- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston-area man has been sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison on charges related to his efforts to recruit a small group to blow up government buildings, rob banks and kill law enforcement officers

Robert James Talbot Jr. was convicted of attempted interference with commerce by robbery and solicitation to commit a crime of violence.

The 39-year-old Talbot was arrested last year while possessing two bombs he planned to use in an armored car robbery.

At his sentencing hearing Friday in Houston federal court, prosecutors argued Talbot is an extremely dangerous individual, who has allegedly indicated that he will engage in violent conduct if released.

Defense attorneys argued that Talbot has apologized for his actions and that he has “diminished capacity” and needs mental health treatment.


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