(WACO, Texas) -- The AWOL solider who was arrested in July 2011 for an attempted attack targeting soldiers and their families at Ft. Hood has been sentenced to life in prison.
Naser Jason Abdo, 22, was charged in a superseding indictment with charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted murder.
Abdo was in possession of a handgun and bomb making components for plotting to attack a restaurant that was frequented by soldiers and their families in Killeen Texas where Ft. Hood is located.
“This prosecution demonstrates two important points,” U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said Friday. “First, the prevention of tragic events such as Mr. Abdo was planning can be averted by alert citizens who pass along their concerns to law enforcement officials and by law enforcement officers who diligently perform their duties."
"And second," Pitman continued, "that those who use or plan violence to further their twisted agendas will be prosecuted as aggressively as the law allows and will, as in this case, spend the rest of their lives staring at the walls of a prison cell.”
Abdo was convicted in May 2012.
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