(DETROIT) — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man who tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear while aboard a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, may be put behind bars for life when he is sentenced on Thursday.
The 25-year-old so-called “underwear bomber” pled guilty late last year to all the charges against him, saying he did it “to avenge the killing of my Muslim brothers and sisters.”
The charges included attempted murder, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, willfully attempting to destroy an aircraft, placing a destructive device in proximity to an aircraft, and conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism.
Had it not been for a technical problem with the bomb, prosecutors say Abdulmutallab would have killed all 289 people aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. They are asking for the maximum life sentence.
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