Jose Padilla Biography

Born: October 18, 1970
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best Known as: supporter to al-Qaeda and terrorism

Jose Padilla, who was arrested in Chicago in 2002 and accused of plotting to explode a dirty bomb in the United States, is sentenced to 17 years and 4 months in jail. In August 2007, he was convicted of conspiracy to commit terror overseas and giving material support to al-Qaeda. The government had held him as an enemy combatant until 2006, when he was transferred to the civilian justice system and charged with another set of crimes. It was these charges that resulted in the conviction.