DALLAS — The Jordanian man accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper last September has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that could limit a prison term to 30 years.
The FBI arrested Hosam Smadi after they say he tried to bring down the Fountain Place office tower using what he thought was a truckload of explosives. The explosives were fake and had been provided by undercover federal agents.
He was quoted in an FBI affidavit saying that blowing up the building would "shake the currently weak economy in the state and the American nation." In addition, he is quoted as saying there would be "psychological impacts for the loss of this beautiful building."
Smadi, who was 19 when arrested, had been facing maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
In exchange for a guilty plea, prosecutors agreed that "the appropriate disposition of this case is a sentence of not more than 360 months."
Smadi agreed to "give complete and truthful information and/or testimony concerning his participation in the offense of conviction," according to the agreement.
The government agreed not to bring any additional charges against Smadi.
The plea agreement is subject to acceptance by the court, and a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.
If the court rejects the deal, Smadi retains the right to withdraw his plea.