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Prosecutor: Loewen Well On His Way To Becoming Terrorist Before Sting

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Federal prosecutors say a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower airport was "well on his way" to becoming a violent terrorist before authorities began investigating him.

A heavily redacted government filing Monday seeks to counter defense arguments that an undercover FBI agent radicalized Terry Loewen.

Prosecutors say it would have been outrageous for the FBI to leave Terry Loewen to his own devices, trolling the internet for someone to help him.

Loewen, a former avionics technician, was arrested in 2013 when he tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at the airport.

Loewen has pleaded not guilty.