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updated: 10/11/2012 5:09 PM

Suspect in Chicago car-bomb plot pleads not guilty

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  • In this Sept. 17 courtroom sketch, Adel Daoud, 19, appears before a judge at federal court in Chicago.

      In this Sept. 17 courtroom sketch, Adel Daoud, 19, appears before a judge at federal court in Chicago.
    Associated Press

  • Ahmed Daoud responds to a question about his son, Adel, as his wife, Mona, listens in the federal courthouse lobby Thursday in Chicago. Adel Daoud pleaded not guilty on charges alleging he tried to set off what he thought was a car bomb in downtown Chicago.

      Ahmed Daoud responds to a question about his son, Adel, as his wife, Mona, listens in the federal courthouse lobby Thursday in Chicago. Adel Daoud pleaded not guilty on charges alleging he tried to set off what he thought was a car bomb in downtown Chicago.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

A West suburban teen has pleaded not guilty to trying to set off what he thought was a car bomb next to a Chicago bar.

Dressed in orange jail clothes, Adel Daoud looked cheerful during Thursday's arraignment. He even joked to Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman about the maximum life sentence he faced, telling her it couldn't be longer.

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Asked how he pleaded, the bushy-haired Hillside teen said politely, "Not guilty."

The FBI arrested the 19-year-old in a sting operation last month. Authorities allege he believed the U.S. was at war with Muslims.

In court, he smiled and waved at his parents. His teary-eyed father, Ahmed Daoud, told reporters later his son is a good kid.

Attorney Thomas Durkin says he'll argue the plot was the idea of agents, not his client.

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