Posted: Oct 17, 2012 12:05 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2012 2:19 PM
NEW YORK - A former Corpus Christi resident has pleaded guilty to charges that he plotted to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
Manssor Arbabsiar entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. He's a U.S. citizen with an Iranian passport. A trial had been scheduled for January.
Arbabsiar had been charged in a $1.5 million plot to kill the ambassador at a restaurant by setting off explosives. President Barack Obama's administration has accused agents of the Iranian government of being involved in the plot.
According to NBC News, when asked if that was true he simply replied, "Yes."
The press attache at Iran's mission to the United Nations has called the accusation "baseless."
Defense lawyers say Arbabsiar suffers from bipolar disorder.
Arbabsiar was arrested Sept. 29, 2011, at Kennedy International Airport in a plot to kill the ambassador, Adel Al-Jubeir.
Arbabsiar is a former resident of Corpus Christi who owned several businesses in town before moving to central Texas.
Arbabsiar now faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced in January.
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