AWOL Muslim soldier guilty in Fort Hood bomb plot
ASSOCIATED PRESS May 24, 2012 4:10PM
FILE - This June 14, 2011, file photo shows Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo in Nashville, Tenn. Abdo, a Muslim soldier who was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky., is accused of planning to bomb a Killeen restaurant filled with Fort Hood soldiers and shoot any survivors last summer. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the most serious of the six charges on which he's being tried at his federal trial in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo, File)
WACO, Texas (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an AWOL Muslim soldier of attempting to blow up a Texas restaurant full of Fort Hood troops.
The Waco jury convicted Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo of the most serious charge, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which could land him in prison for life.
Abdo also was convicted of attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.
Authorities arrested Abdo at a Killeen motel last July while he was AWOL from Fort Campbell, Ky. Prosecutors say he had begun making a bomb and was angry about the U.S.-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Defense attorneys say Abdo was innocent because he never acted on his plan.