Would-be Dallas bomber appealing 24-year sentence

Smadi message

Credit: U.S. Attorney

Hosam Smadi delivered his message to Osama bin Laden dressed in traditional garb, his face hidden by a scarf.

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Associated Press

Posted on October 29, 2010 at 9:39 AM

DALLAS -- The Jordanian man who pleaded guilty to trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper and received 24 years in prison is appealing his sentence.

Hosam Smadi, who faced up to 30 years as part of his plea bargain, filed his appeal Thursday. He was sentenced last week.

Smadi was convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, a charge that without a plea bargain carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The 20-year-old Smadi acted as his own attorney in filing the appeal. Neither of his lawyers nor the U.S. attorney's office immediately returned messages Friday. The FBI declined comment.

Smadi was arrested last year after leaving what he thought was a truck bomb in a garage beneath the 60-story building. He instead had been provided a fake bomb in an FBI sting.

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