Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dallas skyscraper bomb plotter sentenced to 24 years

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Hosam Maher Husein Smadi was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 24 years in prison for his attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September 2009.  Smadi, 20, pleaded guilty on May 26, 2010, to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

"The court’s sentence of Mr. Smadi sends a clear message that there is a serious price to be paid by those who may be willing to carry out acts of violence in this country to further the terrorist cause, said Assistant U.S. Attorney General David Kris.  

According to court documents,  Smadi knowingly took possession of a truck that carried what he believed to be an active bomb. He then drove the truck to Fountain Place, a 60-story Dallas office building and parked it in a garage under the building. He then activated a timer attached to the device, walked out of the parking garage, crossed the street and got into a car with an undercover law enforcement agent. They drove a safe distance away and prepared to watch the explosion. Smadi, who believed the bomb would explode and cause extensive damage, used a cell phone to remotely activate the device.

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