DALLAS - A federal grand jury has indicted Hosam Maher Husein Smadi on two counts related to his alleged attempt to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.
In a statement released Thursday morning, U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks said count one of the indictment charges Smadi with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on September 24, when he allegedly activated a timer connected to a vehicle he thought was loaded with explosives parked under the Fountain Place office tower.
The second count alleges that Smadi "knowingly and unlawfully delivered, placed, discharged and detonated an explosive device into a place of public use."
Smadi, 19, is expected to appear before a federal judge to face these charges next week.
Each count carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Smadi remains in custody at a federal detention facility in Seagoville.