Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari (Jail photo)
AMARILLO (November 13, 2012)--A Saudi man apologized in court Tuesday in Amarillo, as he was sentenced to life in prison for trying to make a bomb for use in a religious attack.
Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, a former college student in Texas, was convicted in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Prosecutors said he researched possible targets, including the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush.
Aldawsari, 22, apologized for what he called "these bad actions," but added that he hadn't caused any harm.
But the judge said he's convinced that Aldawsari would have carried out the attacks and that "but by the grace of God there would be dead Americans."
He conceded that the would-be bomber had been led astray by bad influences, but told him, "In every step, it was you all alone."
Aldawsari came to the U.S. legally in 2008 to study chemical engineering.
He was arrested in February of last year after federal agents searched his apartment and found bomb-making materials.