Capitol bomb plotter handed 30-year jail sentence
on 14/09/2012 17:17:23
The term imposed on 29-year-old Amine El-Khalifi, of Alexandria, Virginia, was the highest allowed under a plea deal.
El-Khalifi admitted plotting with undercover agents he believed were from al Qaida and volunteering to run a suicide operation at the home of Congress in Washington DC.
He even went as far as to don what he thought was a bomb-laden vest.
At today's hearing, El-Khalifi expressed no remorse and said only that he loves Allah.
Defence lawyers said the sting operation preyed on El-Khalifi's financial woes by giving him nearly 6,000 dollars (£3,700).
Prosecutors say El-Khalifi came to authorities' attention in part by answering a Facebook post seeking to recruit Muslim holy warriors.