A reputed member of the anarchist “Black Bloc” pleaded guilty today to threatening to blow up a train overpass during the NATO summit and was sentenced to 4 years in prison by a Cook County judge.
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, was arrested in the days before the NATO summit May 20-21 after he boasted that he had two homemade explosives hidden in his Chicago residence in a hollowed-out Harry Potter book.
But a police search of the home in the 3600 block of North Odell Avenue turned up no bombs.
Senakiewicz pleaded guilty to one felony count of falsely making a terrorist threat.
At a hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Judge Nicholas Ford imposed the 4-year prison term and recommended that Senakiewicz be admitted into a prison boot camp. If he successfully completes the program he could be released in as little as 6 months, but prosecutors said the Polish native would be subject to deportation on completing his sentence.
Senakiewicz's attorney said in a release that Sanikiewicz likely will serve only four months, and he made the plea to get out of Cook County Jail. His "alcohol-fueled chats with two undercover cops" didn't rise the level of the type of conduct meant to be prosecuted under the state law.
Senakiewicz "pled guilty to a felony state terrorism charge and got 120 days in boot camp," said Jeff Frank, one of Senakiewicz’ attorneys.
"Does this rise to the level of what this statute was designed for? No. Sabi is guilty of imprudent language," Frank said in the release. "That’s hardly grounds to extract a guilty plea for a serious felony, but that’s how Ms. Alvarez has chosen to spend the taxpayers resources."
Senakiewicz, who worked as a mechanic and went by the nickname Sabi, is an anarchist who was disappointed by the lack of chaos in Chicago in the runup to the NATO summit, prosecutors said at the time of his arrest.
He boasted that he had a carload of explosives that could destroy half of a train overpass and that he was determined to use them during the summit, authorities alleged at the time.
Senakiewicz was not one of the “NATO 3” suspects who were arrested in Bridgeport for allegedly plotting to use Molotov cocktails during the summit. They have pleaded not guilty.
Activists have labelled Sankiewicz and four others charged with terrorism-related charges in connection with the NATO Summit the “NATO 5.” Cases against the other four, Brian Church, Jared Chase, and Brent Vincent Betterly, who are charged in related cases, and Mark Neiweem, who is charged separately, are still pending, said state’s attorney’s spokesman Andy Conklin.chi-northwest-side-man-faces-terrorism- charges-