Terror Arrest in Houston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he tried to build and sell a bomb to an al-Qaida affiliate in Houston.

Seventy-year-old Ronald Allen Grecula of Bangor, Pennsylvania, reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Houston.

He faces five years in prison without parole. Sentencing is December 15th.

Prosecutors have contended Grecula was angry with the government over losing custody of his children in 2002 when they were ten and three.

The indictment alleges he discussed -- with a source -- getting custody from his estranged wife, of Houston, by either having her killed or setting her up to be arrested for drugs.

He's been in custody since his May 2005 arrest at a Houston hotel.

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