Terry Lee Loewen

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A Wichita man accused in 2013 of trying to drive a bomb onto the tarmac at the former Mid-Continent Airport today changed his plea to guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...  

A former avionics technician admitted Monday to plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport. Terry L. Loewen pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year sentence.

A judge has once again refused to dismiss charges against a man accused of a suicide bomb plot at Wichita's airport because the explosives used in the undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013. The former avionics technician allegedly tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport.

He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property, and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

A judge ruled on Friday that the case against a man who allegedly tried to drive a bomb onto the Mid-Continent Airport cannot be thrown out. KMUW's Aileen Leblanc reports...  

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot rejected the defense team's entrapment argument and a plethora of other legal moves that sought to have the federal indictment against Terry Loewen thrown out.

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Federal prosecutors say a man accused of plotting a suicide bomb attack at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower airport was "well on his way" to becoming a violent terrorist before authorities began investigating him.

A heavily redacted government filing Monday seeks to counter defense arguments that an undercover FBI agent radicalized Terry Loewen.

Prosecutors say it would have been outrageous for the FBI to leave Terry Loewen to his own devices, trolling the internet for someone to help him.

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Documents were filed in court on Friday arguing both sides of a case against a man who is accused of trying to explode a bomb at the airport last year. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake.

Federal prosecutors are seeking more time to file a key motion in their case against a Wichita man who is accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent airport.

Avionics technician Terry Loewen has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13 after allegedly trying to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport, where he worked.

The arrest followed a months-long federal sting operation.

Attorneys for a man accused of planning a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent airport say they expect the trial to focus on what they call entrapment and outrageous government conduct.

On Tuesday, attorneys for 58-year-old Terry L. Loewen of Wichita opposed many rules that prosecutors want for national security reasons.

Lowen's attorneys say the government wants to micro-manage the defense's handling of evidence.

They believe some information will show how the FBI transformed the former Marine into an alleged terrorist prepared to commit suicide for al-Qaida.

Federal prosecutors want to shield some evidence in the case of a man being accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.

They asked the court on Thursday to limit who can see formerly classified information that has been declassified in order to prosecute 58-year-old Terry Loewen of Wichita.

The government wants to protect identities of undercover agents and the use of sensitive sources and methods.

Loewen had worked at the airport as an avionics technician.

Federal prosecutors say Tery Lee Loewen intended to inflict "maximum carnage" with a suicide bomb plot at the Wichita Airport.

They say a bomb would have killed or injured hundreds of people--and those factors alone should compel a judge to keep him behind bars before trial.

Loewen will return to court for a detention hearing on Friday.

He'll have to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys that he does not pose a public danger or flight risk.

A would-be bomber was stopped at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Friday morning. He had been planning an alleged suicide bombing attack for many months.

The 58-year-old man, from Wichita, was an employee of an aeronautics company. Terry Loewen was arrested at a gate to the tarmac of the airport. Loewen tried to use his badge to open the gate, but the system had been disabled.

It was the end of a long sting operation conducted by undercover FBI agents.