January 30, 2013

Men in Kentucky Terrorism Case Receive Sentences

The two men who had terrorist charges against them in Kentucky were sentenced on Tuesday, with one receiving a life sentence and the other a 40-year sentence.

U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell had 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi protest his being sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. He claimed before the judge that all his role in the incident, which involved a plan to ship cash and weapons to Iragi insurgents, was to help his friend load up a truck in order to make some money. Even so, he told an informant he had partaken in at least eleven improvised explosive-device attacks on U.S. soldiers.

Hammadi's attorney, James Earhart, said he'll appeal the life sentence of his client. Earhart has sought a 25-year sentence for Hammadi.

The other defendant, Waad Ramadan Alwan, who got the 40-year sentence, would have also received a life sentence if he hadn't cooperated, said U.S. Attorney David Hale.

While no weapons ever left America because Alwan and Hammadi believed they were working with another insurgent, when in fact he was a confidential informant, they planned on sending thousands of shoulder-firing missile, machine guns, rifles and grenades to al-Qaida in Iraq.

Alwan had recruited Hammadi for the purpose of building a terrorist cell on American soil.

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