Times Square Bomb Suspect Pleads Guilty

Faisal Shahzad asks to 'plead guilty and 100 times more'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2010 4:19 PM CDT
In this courtroom sketch, a U.S. Marshall removes Faisal Shahzad's handcuffs in the courtroom Monday, June 21, 2010, in New York.    (Elizabeth Williams)

(Newser) – A Pakistan-born US citizen ha pleaded guilty to carrying out the failed Times Square car bombing, saying he wanted it known that unless the US stops attacking Muslim lands, "we will be attacking US." Faisal Shahzad 30, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Manhattan just days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 10 terrorism and weapons counts. After pleasing guilty to the first charge, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction, he said he wanted to plead guilty to all of them.

When the judge asked Shahzad whether he understood that some of the charges carried mandatory life prison penalties, he replied that he did, and he still wanted to "plead guilty and 100 times more." Shahzad is accused in a plot that fizzled when a gasoline-and-propane bomb failed to ignite in an SUV parked near a Broadway theater May 1. The Bridgeport, Conn., resident was arrested two days later.

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