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A month later, after his efforts to reach out to the media had failed, Abdo said he decided he “was going to go on jihad.” Then, over the Fourth of July weekend, Abdo went AWOL.

In a police interview, Abdo said he wanted to carry out the attack because he didn’t “appreciate what (his) unit did in Afghanistan.” His plan, he told authorities, was to place a bomb in a busy restaurant filled with soldiers, wait outside and shoot anyone who survived — and become a martyr after police killed him.

According to testimony, Abdo told an investigator he didn’t plan an attack inside Fort Hood because he didn’t believe he would be able to get past security at the gates.

Abdo said Friday he would not ask U.S. District Judge Walter Smith for a lighter sentence. Most of the prison time he received was mandatory under the charges for which he was convicted.

“I do not ask the court to give me mercy, for Allah is the one that gives me mercy,” he said.

Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the Fort Hood shootings. His court-martial is slated for later this month.

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Associated Press writer Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report.