A young Lebanese immigrant awaiting sentencing for putting a backpack he thought held a bomb near Chicagoís Wrigley Field has said in a letter to his judge he drank ďall day, every dayĒ for months before the attempted attack.
Sami Samir Hassounís lawyers publicly released the seven-page letter in a filing this week. In it, he also apologizes and says heís worked hard at being a better person, including by doing yoga in jail.
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 Hassounís life and that he was egged on by an informant are factors that call for a lesser, 20-year term.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.