Sentencing Today for Times Square Bomber

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:25am

Faisal Shahzad expected to receive life sentence for Times Square car bomb plot.

Sentencing for later the man who attempted to detonate a car bomb in times square will take place this morning.

Faisal Shahzad has pleaded guilty to ten charges.

Prosecutors will ask for a sentence of life in prison.

The FBI released a simulation of what investigators say would have happened if a bomb placed in an SUV by had gone off.

During sentencing prosecutors will site the video to try to show Shahzad meant to cause widespread destruction and deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

In June Shahzad pleaded guilty to all ten counts against him, including attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and of attempting acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

He allegedly received explosives training in Pakistan in December 2009 from an extremist group.

A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, Shahzad is accused of driving an SUV loaded with explosives into Times Square.

The bomb failed to detonate.

A street vendor noticed smoke coming from the vehicle and called police.

Shahzad was arrested 48 hours later a New York airport trying to board a flight to Dubai.

Shahzad had lived in Connecticut with his wife and two young children.

He had been in the U.S. for ten years and earned academic and professional success before the bombing attempt.
 

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