NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Faisal Shahzad has been sentenced to life in prison for his botched attempt to kill Americans by driving a homemade car bomb into Times Square last spring and leaving it to explode.
The bomb packed into the back of Shahzad's SUV fizzled, injuring no one at the crossroads of New York City teeming with restaurants, Broadway theaters, and tourists.
However, the Pakistan-born, U.S. citizen was not so lucky when a federal judge handed down his mandatory life prison term Tuesday.
Shahzad, who referred to himself as a Muslim soldier, pleaded guilty in June to 10 terrorism and weapons counts for the attempted May 1 bombing. He told the judge a defeat of the United States is imminent.
Two days after his failed plan to kill Americans, FBI agents and New York Police Dept. detectives apprehended Shahzad trying to board a flight to Dubai.
Prior to the botched attack, Shahzad, a budget analyst living in Connecticut, had returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan.
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