Saudi man convicted in US bomb plot may face life in prison

He planned to detonate chemical explosions at a power plant and at former President George W. Bush's home

The Associated Press

AMARILLO, Texas — A Saudi Arabia man convicted in a failed U.S. bomb plot could be sent to prison for life when he is sentenced.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari will learn his sentence Tuesday in an Amarillo courtroom.

Jurors in June convicted the former Texas Tech University student of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Prosecutors say Aldawsari, who was arrested in Lubbock in 2011, had researched possible targets, including power plants and the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.

Authorities said the 22-year-old Aldawsari purchased bottles of sulfuric and nitric acids — chemicals that can be combined with phenol to create a chemical explosive. Aldawsari's emails and journal entries contained the explosive's recipe.

The trial was moved to Amarillo, about 120 north of Lubbock.

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