Arizona couple indicted on terrorism charges related to prison bomb plot

PHOENIX - A state grand jury has indicted an Arizona inmate and his wife on state terrorism charges, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Michelle Bastian and her husband, Thomas Bastian, are accused of plotting to commit an act of terrorism at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis.

The couple allegedly conspired to set off a bomb at the prison.

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Investigators believe Michelle sent her husband terror-related documents by disguising them as legal paperwork.

Arizona Attorney General's Office agents served Michelle warrants at her work in Chandler and Florence, where they say she lived.

The search uncovered several letters from Thomas to Michelle, asking her to send him al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorist publications.

The Department of Corrections also searched Thomas' cell, finding some of those publications, as well as handwritten notes that detailed how to build bombs.

Thomas Bastian is being charged with four felony counts including terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism involving weapons, and conspiracy to promote prison contraband.

Michelle Bastian is being charged with five felony counts including terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism, conspiracy to commit misconduct involving weapons, conspiracy to promote prison contraband, and promoting prison contraband.

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