Ohio man accused of plotting US attacks to be sentenced

2018-01-22 10:45
Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud is accused of receiving training on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, and then returning to the US with a plan to attack a military base or a prison. (Franklin County Sheriffís Office via AP, File)

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud is accused of receiving training on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, and then returning to the US with a plan to attack a military base or a prison. (Franklin County Sheriffís Office via AP, File)

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Columbus - An Ohio man who admitted he plotted to kill military members in the US after receiving training in Syria is again set to be sentenced after a short delay.

Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud is scheduled to appear in federal court in Columbus on Monday.

Court documents unsealed in 2017 show Mohamud pleaded guilty more than two years ago to terrorism charges.

Government prosecutors want a judge to impose a 23-year sentence. They say Mohamud tried to cover up dangerous terrorist activity.

Mohamud's attorney, Sam Shamansky, argues a lengthy prison term isn't necessary.

Shamansky says the 26-year-old Mohamud recruited others when he returned home before recognising "the immoral and illegal nature of terrorist ideology".

Judge Michael Watson on Friday delayed Mohamud's sentencing until Monday without explanation.

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