Fort Dix plotter says lawyer refused to negotiate

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - One of five men accused of plotting an attack on a New Jersey Army installation says his lawyer failed him by not trying harder to strike a plea bargain.

Serdar Tatar (sur-DAHR' tah-TAHR') and the four other men were convicted in December of conspiring to kill military personnel. Prosecutors say the men were targeting Fort Dix.

They face life in prison when they're sentenced in April.

In a letter sent to the judge, Tatar writes that he's innocent, but may have benefited from a plea deal. He claims lawyer Richard Sparaco (spuh-RAH'-coh) didn't want to negotiate because the case was a "once-in-a-lifetime career-making case."

Sparaco says he did talk to the government, but their only plea offer was not favorable.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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