Kansas man gets 30 years for trying to detonate a car bomb at a military base
By Brian Seay
John T. Booker was arrested in April 2015 after he drove a van filled with explosives to Fort Riley with the intention of blowing it up.
A Kansas man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for attempting to blow up a car bomb at a military base.
John T. Booker, 22, of Topeka, Kansas pleaded guilty to one count of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempted destruction of government property by fire or explosion, according to a Department of Justice news release.
The FBI first started investigating Booker, also known as Mohammed Abdullah Hassan, in early 2014, when he wrote on Facebook that he wanted to commit jihad. “I will soon be leaving you forever so goodbye! I’m going to wage jihad and hopes that i [sic] die,” he wrote, according to a criminal complaint.
“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!! I am so nervous. NOT because I’m scared to die but I am eager to meet my lord,” he wrote.
Soon after, Booker began talking with federal informants, telling one that he dreamed of fighting in the Middle East. He also proposed that he and the informant kidnap and