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Sentencing hearing begins in Dallas bomb plot

DALLAS (AP) - The father of a 20-year-old Jordanian man caught in an FBI sting trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper says his son became depressed and had a breakdown after his mother died of cancer when he was a teenager.

The sentencing hearing for Hosam Smadi began Monday after he pleaded guilty in May to attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. He faces up to life in prison but is likely under a plea agreement to receive a 30-year sentence and then face deportation.

Smadi's father says his son used to sleep by his mother's grave after her death about five years ago. Defense attorneys have offered a similar portrait of Smadi.

FBI officials say the defendant was a committed would-be terrorist determined to connect with al-Qaida or Hamas.

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