Army private gets 2 life sentences for plan to attack Ft. Hood soldiers
WACO, TX — Army Pvt. Naser Jason Abdo was sentenced to life in prison Friday for planning to bomb a restaurant in Killeen, Texas, when it was filled with soldiers and their families.
A federal judge in Waco, Texas, imposed two life prison sentences on Abdo for planning to detonate a bomb and shoot any survivors at the restaurant near Fort Hood.
When he was arrested in July 2011, police said he had a handgun and instructions for a homemade bomb. He also was sentenced to a 60-year sentence for attempted murder of federal employees and firearms violations.
In May, Abdo was convicted by a federal jury for a series of crimes, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The 22-year-old entered the Army and served as a paratrooper. However, he said he felt U.S. military operations in Afghanistan violated his Muslim beliefs.
He refused orders to go to Afghanistan and went AWOL from his base at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Abdo represented himself in court as he was sentenced.
After the proceeding, the Justice Department in Washington issued a statement commending the prosecution.
"This case serves as another reminder of the need for vigilance against extremists both at home and abroad," said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco, who oversees terrorist prosecutions.