Published: Nov 14, 2011 10:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas man accused of attempting to sneak out of the country to join al-Qaida has been convicted of trying to help the terrorist organization.
    
Barry Walter Bujol Jr. was convicted by a Houston federal judge on Monday of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.
    
Bujol, who is a U.S. citizen, represented himself at his trial, which was heard by a judge instead of a jury.
    
Prosecutors say Bujol sought to join al-Qaida and to provide it with money, restricted U.S. military documents and GPS equipment.
    
But the 30-year-old said he never intended to help al-Qaida and wanted to leave the U.S. because he disagreed with its foreign policy

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