Minnesota man gets 15 years in Islamic State case

Minnesota man gets 15 years in Islamic State case

The first three of nine defendants expected to be sentenced this week for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, were sentenced today in three separate hearings in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Davis told the defendant he was giving him less partly because his parents have become active in the campaign against terrorist recruiting in Minnesota's large Somali community.

On Monday, three men were handed sentences ranging from time served to 10 years in prison.

The harshest sentence was given to Zacharia Abdurahman, who got 10 years in prison.

The judge said it didn't make sense to jail Yusuf, who pleaded guilty to a terror charge and testified against several of the others.

"My expectation was my child to go with me home", said Deqa Hussen, choking on her words.

Yusuf reportedly told the judge after the sentence was read, "I won't let you down, your honor". Earlier Tuesday one of his co-defendants, Hamza Ahmed, received 15 years on charges connected to the plot.

"ISIL's ideology is flawed", Yusuf said.

Warsame told District Judge Michael Davis that he was manipulated.

The judge said he believed Warsame's cooperation with authorities was a matter of convenience, while Yusuf's cooperation was more believable. "I do think, judge, I do think we can save this guy and I think that's what we need to do", Birrell said.

CBS News' Jamie Yuccas reports some of the conditions for Yusuf's release include the requirements that he get a GED or high school diploma, submit to periodic drug tests, go through mental health counseling, give up his passport, and not use the internet without probation officer permission.

Like other defendants, Musse listened as Davis pointed out the differences between their cases and other federal crimes, where a good educational record and job history typically predict a successful rehabilitation.

Before he was sentenced, Ahmed told the court he was grateful he was pulled off an airplane in NY in November 2014 as he was about to head overseas, acknowledging it probably saved his life.

The men are to be sentenced in groups of three Monday through Wednesday.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger took the rare step of appearing in court to praise Yusuf and Warsame for cooperating. The state, with the largest concentration of Somali immigrants in the US, has struggled with the issue in recent years.

A Minnesota man who admitted plotting to join the Islamic State group in Syria has been sentenced to time served by a judge who said he hopes to see the man rehabilitated. Before that, more than 22 men were recruited to al-Shabab in Somalia since 2007.

Prosecutors said the conspiracy of the nine began in spring 2014, when a group of friends began inspiring and recruiting each other to travel to Syria to join ISIS. Some succeeded in making the trip, but others didn't. Warsame pleaded guilty on February 11.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrew Winter, John Docherty and Julie Allyn of the District of Minnesota with assistance from the National Security Division's Counterterrorism Section.

Prosecutors are seeking sentences as long as 40 years for Abdirahman Yasin Daud, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, and Guled Ali Omar.



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