Columbus, Ohio (AP) An Ohio man accused of plotting terrorist bombings against americans overseas could have faced life in prison.
Instead, a plea agreement offered to Christopher Paul allows for a 20-year prison term -- a sentence more similar to those received by two Ohio acquaintances who have already pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges.
Paul grew up in a Columbus suburb. It's alleged he traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to meet with members of Al-Qaida. He was to be tried in federal court next year.
But documents show he's instead expected to plead guilty today to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction -- specifically bombs -- in terrorist attacks. In exchange, he'll get the 20-year sentence.