Najibullah Zazi (Associated Press/Ed Andrieski)

The man who plotted to bomb New York City's subway system and then switched sides to help investigators may be released from prison in the next few days.

Najibullah Zazi, a would-be terrorist trained by al Qaeda bomb-makers, pleaded guilty in 2010 to three charges associated with a plan to detonate explosive in the NYC subway. He was, according to CNN, charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support to a terrorist organization.

For his crimes, he was facing life in prison.

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