By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO | Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:38pm EDT
(Reuters) - A soldier who tried to build a bomb and use it to blow up a restaurant near the Fort Hood Army post in Texas to get revenge for the suffering of fellow Muslims in the Middle East was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge on Friday.
Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, 22, was arrested after a tip from a gun store owner who became alarmed by Abdo's befuddled attempts to buy smokeless gunpowder and weapons.
He was convicted at a trial in May.
U.S. District Judge Walter Smith handed down two consecutive life prison sentences for attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and for possession of a weapon to commit a violent crime. He also sentenced Abdo to 60 years in prison for attempted murder and weapons possession.