"This agreement does not guarantee that I will be able to get free, even after I do my time," he said. "I'm taking a leap of faith here, sir. That's all I can do."
"He pleaded guilty to very serious offenses, but he wishes that he had never had any involvement with al-Qaida," Dixon said. "He has made a decision to cooperate with the United States government and to testify, if asked, against al-Qaida — at great risk to himself and his family."
Dixon described the plea "as a reflection of the genuineness of his remorse and his desire to see some measure of redemption."
"It is his hope that by pleading guilty, he will be released some day and he'll be able to see his father again, and see his daughter for the first time."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Majid Shoukat Khan
Born Feb. 28, 1980, in Pakistan
Married to Rabia Yaqoob, one child
Arrives with his family in Catonsville in 1996
Graduates from Owings Mills High School in 1999
Works as database administrator for Electronic Data Systems in Tysons Corner, Va.
Watches smoke rise over Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001
Travels to Pakistan in 2002, gains introduction with Khalid Sheikh Mohammad
Delivers al-Qaida money to finance 2003 bombing of J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta
Captured by Pakistani security forces in March 2003, held in secret CIA prison
Transferred to Guantanamo Bay in 2006
Tells military panel in 2007 he has been tortured
Pleads guilty to murder, espionage and conspiracy Feb. 29, 2012; agrees to testify against other terror suspects in exchange for 19-year sentence.