Texan Gets 25 Years in Prison for Saudi Envoy Plot

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

NEW YORK A federal judge in New York has sentenced a Texas man to 25 years in prison for plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.

Manssor Arbabsiar (mahn-SUHR' ahr-BAHB'-see-ahr) was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan.

The 58-year-old Arbabsiar pleaded guilty last year. Authorities say he went to Mexico at the direction of the Iranian military in 2011 to arrange the assassination attempt. The plot never went any further.

Prosecutors had sought the 25-year sentence.

Defense attorneys say he suffers from a mental disorder that clouded his judgment. They argued the sentence should be no more than 10 years.


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