Killeen police began investigating Abdo after an employee from Guns Galore, in Dallas called July 26, saying a young man bought six pounds of smokeless gunpowder, shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semiautomatic pistol – while seeming to know little about his purchases, according to previous court testimony and documents.
Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo is shown here in his police mugshot after he was arrested in July 2011
An HIV-positive soldier who was forced to wear a surgical mask in court to prevent him from trying to infect others was today found guilty of involvement in a plot to blow up a Texas restaurant full of soldiers.
Jurors in the U.S. District Court in Waco deliberated for around an hour before finding Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.
Abdo, 22, did not stand with his attorneys when jurors and the judge entered the room, and showed no emotion when each of the six ‘guilty’ verdicts was read by the court clerk.
He faces up to life in prison. His sentencing was set for July.
Earlier Private First Class Abdo was flanked by courtroom security who wore protective glasses after an incident in which the soldier bit his lip and spat blood at police.
He is believed to have been in contact with the influential U.S born cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi who was killed in a drone strike last year.