A federal judge in Houston today convicted a 30-year-old Hempstead man of attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Justice Department announced.
Barry Walter Bujol Jr., a former student at Prairie View A&M University, wanted to conduct "violent jihad" in the Middle East. Federal investigators, concerned about his violent intentions, arranged for a confidential informant to meet him.
Bujol then did purported training exercises, and talked about using unmanned aerial vehicles to attack people, including targets in Texas, federal officials said in a news release.
Buhol was arrested in May 2010 when he was attempting to go to Algeria to stay at an Al Qaeda safe house, then go on to Yemen and deliver items to Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, according to the Justice Department. He has been held since then.
Buhol faces a maximum 15 years in prison on the terrorism charge and an additional five years on a conviction for aggravated identity theft.