Soldier faces 6 new charges in Ft Hood bomb plot

November 17, 2011 - 4:15 AM
AWOL Soldier

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2011 file courtroom sketch, AWOL soldier Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo is shown in federal court in Waco, Texas. Abdo, accused of plotting to bomb Fort Hood soldiers in a restaurant, was to be arraigned Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 in federal court. Last week Abdo was indicted on six new charges, including trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison if he's convicted. (AP Photo/Gary Myrick, File)

WACO, Texas (AP) — A soldier accused of planning to bomb a restaurant filled with Fort Hood troops is set to return to federal court.

Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo was scheduled for an arraignment Thursday in Waco on six new charges — including trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.

The soldier who's absent without leave from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was indicted on those charges last week.

Abdo has not yet entered a plea since his August indictment on three other federal charges. They're related to the same bomb plot this summer near the Texas Army post.

But prosecutors say they plan to try him first on the six new charges, which carry lengthier prison terms.