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Feb 24, 2014 4:45 AM by Associated Press

Iraqi man faces sentencing in federal weapons case

PHOENIX (AP) - An Iraqi man facing state charges after authorities say he detonated a homemade explosive device outside a Social Security building in Arizona is set for sentencing in federal court on three counts of being a felon in possession of weapons.

Abdullatif Ali Aldosary had pleaded not guilty in the federal case after authorities said they found guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they searched his home after the explosive was detonated.

Aldosary isn't allowed to own firearms or ammunition because he had a previous felony conviction. He was convicted in September and faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three counts. Sentencing was set for Monday morning.

Separately, he faces multiple state counts, including 14 counts of attempted first-degree murder, arson and use of explosives. Authorities say he detonated a homemade explosive device Nov. 30, 2012 outside a Social Security Administration building in Casa Grande. No one was injured.

Prosecutors said the attempted murder charges stem from 14 employees who were inside the building at the time of the blast.

Aldosary has not yet entered a plea in that case. His arraignment is set for March.

In yet another state case, Aldosary is charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and two firearms counts in a Nov. 27, 2012, killing.

Aldosary came to the United States legally in 1997 from his home country of Iraq.

In 2008, he pleaded guilty to felony aggravated harassment charges. He was sentenced to two months in jail and three years of probation, but was later ordered to serve a year in prison.

Aldosary had sought help from U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar's office in 2011 in obtaining permanent residency. Gosar has said he contacted Homeland Security, which responded in a letter that Aldosary's case had been put on hold "pursuant to the terrorism-related grounds of inadmissibility" under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Authorities say he was denied a green card because he fought with anti-government forces trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein in Basra, Iraq, in 1991.

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