Naser Jason Abdo Sentenced to Life For Bomb Attempt Near Fort Hood
A man that plotted to kill American soldiers near Fort Hood will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Twenty-two year-old Naser Jason Abdo has received two consecutive life sentences for the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and for possession of a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.
Abdo has also been sentenced to a total mandatory consecutive 60 years in prison for one count of attempted murder of officers or employees of the United States, and three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.
On July 27th, 2011, Abdo attempted to create and detonate a bomb in an attempt to kill U.S. soldiers, and also carried a pistol to shoot survivors of the attempted detonation.
Abdo was an absent without leave soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Officers arrested him on July 27th of last year, and was found with the pistol and instructions on how to build a bomb, as well as bomb making components.
Testimony revealed that Abdo planned to detonate the bomb inside a restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood.
“This sentencing today provides a sense of comfort to the Killeen residents, especially those affiliated with the military that Mr. Abdo will no longer be a threat to our community,” said Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin.
The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Texas, and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.