AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — A Saudi man has apologized in court in Texas, as he was sentenced to life in prison for trying to make a bomb for use in a religious attack.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (KAH'-lihd ah-lee-EHM' al-duh-SAHR'-ee), a former college student in Texas, was convicted in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors said he had researched possible targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
The 22-year-old apologized for what he called "these bad actions," but added that he hadn't caused any harm.
But the judge said he's convinced the Aldawsari would have carried out the attacks -- and that "but by the grace of God there would be dead Americans." He conceded that the would-be bomber had been led astray by bad influences -- but told him, "In every step, it was you all alone."
Aldawsari came to the U.S. legally in 2008 to study chemical engineering. He was arrested in February of last year after federal agents searched his apartment and found bomb-making materials.
193-c-15-(Betsy Blaney, AP correspondent)-"grown a beard"-AP correspondent Betsy Blaney reports Aldawsari went through some physical changes during the past five months. (13 Nov 2012)
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191-c-08-(Betsy Blaney, AP correspondent)-"of mass destruction"-AP correspondent Betsy Blaney reports a former Texas college student accused of trying to make a bomb to carry out a religious attack in the U.S. has been sentenced to spend his life locked up. (13 Nov 2012)
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APPHOTO TXAMA101: CORRECTS NAME TO KHALID ALI-M ALDAWSARI, NOT KHALID ALI-ALDAWSARI - Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 22, right, is escorted from the federal courthouse in Amarillo, Texas by U.S. Marshals Tuesday Nov. 13, 2012 after being sentenced to life in prison on a federal charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a Lubbock-based bomb-making plot. (AP Photo/Amarillo Globe-News, Michael Schumacher) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT (13 Nov 2012)
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