Iraqi Man Accused of Bombing, Murder Gets 5 Years in Prison on Weapons Charges
|By Cory Doctorow via Wikimedia Commons|
|An unrelated display of rifles.|
The Iraqi refugee who's accused of killing a man in Maricopa and planting a bomb at a Social Security Administration office in Casa Grande was sentenced to five years in prison on federal weapons charges.
Abdullatif Aldosary still faces state charges related to the murder and the bombing.
Months after Aldosary's arrest, a source informed New Times that Aldosary was suspected in a murder that occurred just a few days before the bombing.
Orlando Requena, 26, was working the overnight shift at Arizona Grain in Maricopa on November 27 when a man in a ski mask approached him about 2:30 a.m. and shot him dead. Aldosary, who also worked there at one point, was charged in that murder about a month after New Times reported the allegation.
No motive has been revealed in the killing, either, but Aldosary's story -- which we've told before -- is certainly bizarre.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar lashed out at the federal government after the bombing, asking why a "known terrorist" was allowed to live in his district. It was later revealed that Gosar's staff attempted to help Aldosary obtain a green card the year prior.
Aldosary was not actually a "known terrorist," but his application had been denied because, according to legislation passed by Congress, Aldosary had "engaged in terrorism activity," government officials told New Times.
Aldosary's "terrorism activity" was his involvement in a 1991 uprising against the regime of Saddam Hussein, which was egged on by the U.S. government under President George H.W. Bush.
The Department of Homeland Security just recently created an exemption under that immigration law for Iraqis who participated in those uprisings over a one-month period. Government officials said that Aldosary met this exemption, and his green-card case was re-opened in the weeks after the bombing (not that it's going to do him any good now).
Court and police records indicate that Aldosary also had a bizarre history locally. Aldosary did a few months in prison several years ago in a harassment case, which at one point involved him sending "sexually explicit photographs" to co-workers at a construction company who had a restraining order against him.
In another incident from a few years back, we stumbled across a police blotter entry in the Casa Grande Dispatch, which alleged that Aldosary "displayed pornographic pictures and struck a man" at a gym in Casa Grande.
Got a tip? Send it to: Matthew Hendley.
Follow Valley Fever on Twitter at @ValleyFeverPHX.
Follow Matthew Hendley at @MatthewHendley.