HOUSTON — A Texas man convicted of trying to help al-Qaida in 2010 will soon learn his sentence from a federal judge in Houston.

Barry Walter Bujol (boo-ZHAWL’) Jr. was convicted last year of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and of aggravated identity theft. Bujol is to be sentenced Thursday. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Bujol sought to join al-Qaida and to provide the organization with money, restricted U.S. military documents and GPS equipment.

The 31-year-old says he never intended to help al-Qaida and wanted to leave the U.S. because he disagreed with its foreign policy.

Bujol is a U.S. citizen and he represented himself at trial.