Man caught in US bombing plot withdraws appeal

DALLAS — The Jordanian man sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to blow up a Dallas, Texas skyscraper has withdrawn his appeal of the sentence on Tuesday.
Twenty-year-old Hosam Smadi filed a motion to withdraw his appeal in a Dallas federal court. 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.
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