Saudi man sentenced to life in prison for jihad bomb plot

The former Texas Tech University student was convicted in June for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on targets including the Dallas home of Former President George W. Bush.

AMARILLO, Texas — A former Texas college student accused of trying to make a bomb to carry out jihad in the U.S. has been sentenced to life in prison.

Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari was sentenced Tuesday in Amarillo, where jurors convicted him in June of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Prosecutors say Aldawsari collected bomb-making material and researched possible targets, including power plants and the Dallas home of former President George W. Bush

The 22-year-old is from Saudi Arabia and came to the U.S. legally to study chemical engineering at Texas Tech University. He was arrested in Lubbock in 2011.

Investigators say his goal was to carry out jihad. But his attorneys argued he was a harmless failure who never came close to attacking anyone.