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Smadi Withdraws Appeal In Dallas Bomb Plot Sentence

Hosam Smadi, who was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for attempting to blow up the Fountain Place building in downtown Dallas. (Credit: AP Photo Bank)

Hosam Smadi, who was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison for attempting to blow up the Fountain Place building in downtown Dallas. (Credit: AP Photo Bank)

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DALLAS (AP) - The Jordanian man sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper has withdrawn his appeal of the sentence.

Twenty-year-old Hosam Smadi filed a motion to withdraw his appeal Tuesday in a federal court in Dallas. Last week, acting as his own counsel, he had appealed the sentence even though he had faced up to 30 years under the conditions of his plea bargain.

Smadi pleaded guilty in May to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. That was after an FBI sting caught him trying to blow up a 60-story office tower. The charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The new motion says Smadi consulted with his lawyers and no longer believes “it is in my best interests to pursue an appeal.”

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