Man who says he plotted US attacks gets 20 years

AP , Wednesday 23 Nov 2016

An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to charges that he plotted attacks against a member of the U.S. military and a police station in support of the Islamic State (IS) militant group has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Munir Abdulkader (moo-NEER' ab-duhl-KAH'-der) was sentenced Wednesday in Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett sentenced the 22-year-old West Chester Township man after Abdulkader apologized to the court. After prison, he faces lifetime probation.

Court documents say Abdulkader pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States and providing material support of a foreign terrorist organization, along with a firearms count. He was arrested in May 2015.

Prosecutors had sought a 25-year prison sentence. Defense attorneys argued that similar cases have drawn sentences of 15 years or fewer.

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