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Saudi man gets life sentence for U.S. bomb plot


11:23, November 14, 2012

HOUSTON, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- A Saudi man accused of gathering material for building a bomb to target sites across the United States was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday, U.S. media reported.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a former Texas college student, received the sentence in Amarillo, Texas, where jurors convicted him in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, according to a report on the website of The Houston Chronicle.

Prosecutors said the 22-year-old had collected bomb-making material in his Texas apartment and researched possible targets, including the Dallas home of former U.S. president George W. Bush.

Although Aldawsari apologized on Tuesday for "these bad actions, " Judge Donald E. Walter said the evidence against him was overwhelming.

"But the bottom line is that but by the grace of God there would be dead Americans," Walter said. "You would have done it. In every step, it was you all alone."

Aldawsari was lawfully admitted into the United States in 2008 on a student visa and was enrolled at South Plains College near Lubbock, Texas to study business.

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