A Coolidge man awaiting prosecution in state court for murder and attempted murder, among other charges, was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison stemming from his Sept. 20 conviction of being a felon in possession of firearms and of ammunition.
Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Monday morning in Phoenix. The judge combined his sentences, pointing out that he faced up to 10 years in prison on the three counts. Aldosary has 14 days to appeal his federal sentence.
Additionally, Aldosary was fined $7,500 and ordered to pay a $100 court fee. He was sentenced to three years supervised probation after he’s released from federal prison, ordered to participate in a mental health program and to have no contact with any employees of the Casa Grande Social Security office.
“The court believes the defendant presents an extreme danger to the community,” Bolton said during the sentencing hearing.
Aldosary is accused of setting off a homemade bomb at the Casa Grande Social Security office on Nov. 30, 2012. His federal court convictions stem from materials police found at his home after they arrested him the day of the bombing. Besides ammunition, they found paperwork related to how to make a bomb and other materials that could be used in a bomb. Because of a 2008 conviction in Maricopa County for aggravated harassment, a felony, Aldosary is not allowed to possess weapons or ammunition.
An arraignment for Aldosary is scheduled for March 14 in Pinal County Superior Court. That hearing date has repeatedly been delayed. But, in a press release issued Monday, Pinal County Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Knupp said his office has ensured that Aldosary will be in Pinal County for a court appearance that day.
Aldosary faces 22 state charges from two separate incidents in November 2012.
He’s charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Nov. 27, 2012, shooting death of Orlando Requena at Arizona Grain in Maricopa. Requena was killed at 2:40 that morning while at work at the grain elevator. Aldosary also is charged with aggravated assault and two counts of misconduct involving weapons from the Nov. 27 incident.
All of the other charges he faces in state court stem from the Nov. 30 bombing in Casa Grande. He’s charged with 14 counts of attempted murder in connection with the 14 people inside the office at the time the bomb exploded. He’s also charged with two counts of criminal damage, one count of arson and one count of depositing explosives, all related to the bombing.
Aldosary was arrested about 90 minutes after the bomb went off at 8:21 a.m. that Friday in downtown Casa Grande.
A witness provided police with a description and a license plate number of a car seen driving away from the office parking lot, which led police to Aldosary’s home in Coolidge. They found him washing his car in his driveway that morning.
The Social Security office was closed until Dec. 13 while repairs were made.
Two federal charges originally filed against Aldosary in 2012 later were dismissed at the request of federal prosecutors. A count of malicious damage to federal property by means of explosives and a count of attempted interference with the work of a government agency were dismissed after the U.S. Attorney’s Office learned that Aldosary had been indicted in Pinal County on a charge of arson of an occupied structure “based on the same conduct which supports” the malicious damage and attempted interference charges.
No motives for Aldosary’s actions in either incident have ever been given by police. They have confirmed that Aldosary worked as a temporary employee at Arizona Grain and said it is possible that Aldosary and Requena knew one another from work.
Aldosary came to the United States legally in 1997 from Iraq. In 2008 his request for a green card was denied because in 1991 he fought with anti-government forces trying to overthrow former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. He sought a green card a second time, which has not been granted.
He has been in federal custody since Nov. 30, 2012.
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