Amarillo jury convicts terror suspect Khalid Aldawsari

Amarillo jury convicts terror suspect Khalid Aldawsari

Amarillo, TX - A man accused of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction is convicted in an Amarillo court.

The jury handed down a guilty verdict after about two hours of deliberations Wednesday.

When the verdict was handed down Khalid Aldawsari just closed his eyes for a brief second but had no real response.

In their closing statements Wednesday the government told the jury the evidence showed Aldawsari attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction.

The defense told the jury they had to reach their verdict based solely on evidence without prejudice or sympathy.

In the end, the U.S. Attorney's office says the jury made the right decision.

The government and the FBI say efforts made by law enforcement and others helped stop a real attack.

"In this case the threat was very, very real. Mr. Aldawsari had but one goal in mind and that was to detonate a weapon of mass destruction on American soil and but for the actions of law enforcement and private citizens who reported that, something very very terrible could've happened here," said Jeffrey Haag with the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Aldawsari's defense attorney made a quick statement after the verdict

"It's always disappointing when you lose a case, it's never fun it's never easy, that had been said, we knew we had very difficult facts to work with. We knew it was an uphill battle. Mr. Aldawsari is saddened that the jury didn't see his way but we will continue to represent him and we will continue to fight for him through sentencing," said Dan Cogdell, Aldawsari's attorney.

Aldawsari faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a two-hundred fifty thousand dollar fine.

Sentencing was initially scheduled for October 9th but after an order was filed Wednesday afternoon it could be as early as September 11th.