Hosam Maher Husein Smadi pleaded guilty to a felony offense related to his attempted bombing of a downtown Dallas skyscraper in September 2009. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $ 250,000 fine. Under the terms of the plea agreement, however, Smadi faces a sentence of 30 years in prison, if the court accepts the plea.
According to documents filed, on Sept. 24, 2009, Smadi drove a truck containing a bomb to Fountain Place, a 60-story public office building located at 1445 Ross Avenue in Dallas, and parked it in the public parking garage under the building. After parking the truck, Smadi activated a timer connected to the device, locked the truck and walked away. Smadi walked out of the parking garage, crossed the street and got into a car with an undercover law enforcement agent. They drove a safe distance away and prepared to watch the explosion. Smadi, who believed the bomb would explode and cause extensive damage, used a cell phone to remotely activate the device.