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updated: 3/22/2013 7:34 PM

Would-be bomber apologizes in letter

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  • Sami Samir Hassoun

      Sami Samir Hassoun

 
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A young Lebanese immigrant awaiting sentencing for putting a backpack he thought held a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field has said in a letter to his judge he drank "all day, every day" for months before the attempted attack.

Sami Samir Hassoun's lawyers publicly released the seven-page letter in a filing this week. In it, he also apologizes and says he's worked hard at being a better person, including by doing yoga in jail.

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Prosecutors want federal Judge Robert Gettleman to sentence Hassoun to 30 years in prison on weapons charges he pleaded guilty to. Sentencing is April 5 in Chicago.

The defense filing argues the trauma in Hassoun's life and that he was egged on by an informant are factors that call for a lesser, 20-year term.

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