MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for allegedly serving as a recruiter in the U.S. for the Somali terrorist group al-Shabab.
Omer Abdi Mohamed pleaded guilty in 2011 on the eve of going to trial on one count of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. He faced a maximum of 15 years in prison but prosecutors asked for a lesser sentence because he cooperated with investigators.
Unlike several other defendants who are being sentenced in federal court in Minneapolis this week, Mohamed was not accused of traveling to Somalia to fight for al-Shabab. His attorney has denied that he played any role in recruiting.
Mohamed was the third of four defendants to appear for sentencing Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis.