Va. man in Capitol bomb plot sentenced to 30 years
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - September 14, 2012 (WPVI) -- A Virginia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S Capitol in an undercover sting.
The term imposed on 29-year-old Amine El-Khalifi of Alexandria 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 Capitol, going so far as to don what he thought was a bomb-laden vest.
At Friday's hearing, El-Khalifi expressed no remorse and said only that he loves Allah.
Defense lawyers say the sting operation preyed on El-Khalifi's financial woes by giving him nearly $6,000.
Prosecutors say El-Khalifi came to authorities' attention in part by answering a Facebook post seeking to recruit Muslim holy warriors.
terrorism, washington, d.c., national/world
- ABC News: Possible security breach at Target 26 min ago
- Winter Warm Up 15 min ago
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- 2013 Troop Greetings
- Police search for suspects in religious store robbery 50 min ago
- Jewelry thieves target Montgomery Co. open houses 34 min ago
- Elderly couple's life savings stolen in Media
- Police: Man shoots self on SEPTA bus 25 min ago
- $6M counterfeit check ring busted in Phila.
- 2 million-dollar tickets sold in NJ, 1 in Del.
- Phil Robertson off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay comments 22 min ago
- Upper Darby's Chitwood reflects on career 15 min ago
- Video: Soldier returning from Afghanistan...
- Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person revealed 51 min ago
- ABC News: Possible security breach at Target
26 min ago
- Police: Man shoots self on SEPTA bus
25 min ago
- Phil Robertson off 'Duck Dynasty' after gay...
22 min ago
- Upper Darby's Chitwood reflects on career
15 min ago