Va. man in Capitol bomb plot sentenced to 30 years

Sep 14, 2012, 3:16 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S Capitol in an undercover sting.

The term imposed on 29-year-old Amine El-Khalifi of Alexandria was the highest allowed under a plea deal.

El-Khalifi admitted plotting with undercover agents he believed were from al-Qaida and volunteering to run a suicide operation at the Capitol, going so far as to don what he thought was a bomb-laden vest.

At Friday’s hearing, El-Khalifi expressed no remorse and said only that he loves Allah.

Defense lawyers say the sting operation preyed on El-Khalifi’s financial woes by giving him nearly $6,000.

Prosecutors say El-Khalifi came to authorities’ attention in part by answering a Facebook post seeking to recruit Muslim holy warriors.

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Va. man in Capitol bomb plot sentenced to 30 years