2009 US Car Bomb attack: Indian held guilty

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Washington, Aug 10: Randeep Mann, 52, an Indian American doctor has been found guilty of directing a car bomb attack on the head of the state"s medical board in Feb 2009.

A federal jury for Monday, Aug 9, convicted Randeep Mann, 52, on seven counts, including using a weapon of mass destruction against a person and property, and using an explosive resulting in personal injury.

Trent Pierce, a family practitioner, suffered serious injuries in the attack and lost an eye, but survived. He was leaving his home in West Memphis, Arkansas, headed to his clinic when a bomb went off as he approached his Lexus hybrid SUV.

The blast, heard a mile away, threw Pierce 6 feet into a flower bed.

Prosecutors argued, there were links, including an e-mail Mann sent to his brother in India with the subject line "Pierce" and a photograph of the doctor, with the text, "I hope this picture is good."

The bomb was made from a spare tyre from a 2002 Nissan Altima, and prosecutors said a friend and business partner of Randeep Mann"s had an Altima from which the spare was missing when federal agents executed a search warrant.

Mann"s wife, Sangeeta "Sue" Mann, was convicted of conspiring with her husband to conceal evidence and obstruct the investigation, Beck said She will face up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced.

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