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Updated Feb 24, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Iraqi man gets 5 years in federal weapons case in Arizona

PHOENIX — An Iraqi man facing state charges after authorities said he
detonated a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security building in
Arizona has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for felony weapons
possession.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary was convicted on three counts in September.

Authorities said they found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition hidden in
his home while conducting a search after the explosion.

Aldosary isn’t allowed to own firearms because of a previous felony conviction

Separately, he faced state charges, including 14 counts of attempted
first-degree murder, after authorities say he detonated a homemade explosive
device Nov. 30 outside the Social Security building in Casa Grande. No one was
injured.

His arraignment in that case is set for March.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s
earlier story is below.

An Iraqi man facing state charges after authorities said he detonated a homemade
explosive device outside a Social Security building in Arizona is set for
sentencing in federal court on three counts of being a felon in possession of
weapons.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary had pleaded not guilty in the federal case after
authorities said they found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they
searched his home after the explosive was detonated.

Aldosary isn’t allowed to own firearms or ammunition because he had a previous
felony conviction. He was convicted in September and faces up to 10 years in
prison for each of the three counts. Sentencing was set for Monday morning.

Separately, he faced multiple state counts, including 14 counts of attempted
first-degree murder, arson and use of explosives. Authorities say he detonated a
homemade explosive device Nov. 30 outside a Social Security Administration
building in Casa Grande. No one was injured.

Prosecutors said the attempted murder charges stem from 14 employees who were
inside the building at the time of the blast.

Aldosary has not yet entered a plea in that case. His arraignment is set for
March.

In yet another state case, Aldosary is charged with murder, aggravated assault
with a deadly weapon, and two firearms counts in a Nov. 27, 2012, killing.

Aldosary came to the United States legally in 1997 from his home country of
Iraq.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to felony aggravated harassment charges. He was
sentenced to two months in jail and three years of probation, but was later
ordered to serve a year in prison.

Aldosary had sought help from U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar’s office in 2011 in
obtaining permanent residency. Gosar has said he contacted Homeland Security,
which responded in a letter that Aldosary’s case had been put on hold “pursuant
to the terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility” under a section of the
Immigration and Nationality Act.

Authorities said he was denied a green card because he fought with
anti-government forces trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Basra, Iraq, in
1991.

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