Two men sentenced to 25 years in plot to attack Americans in Afghanistan

February 24, 2015 07:58

Two men convicted of seeking to join al Qaeda and training to carry out attacks on Americans in Afghanistan were sentenced on Monday to 25 years in federal prison, the US Justice Department said.

US District Judge Virginia Phillips sentenced Sohiel Omar Kabir, 37, and Ralph Deleon, 26, who prosecutors said trained at firearms and paintball facilities in Southern California to prepare for their mission.

The two were found guilty in federal court in September of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to murder US military and government personnel.

Deleon was also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping or maiming overseas.

Prosecutors said trial evidence showed that Kabir introduced Deleon and another defendant, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, to militant Islamist theology in 2010 and, after traveling to Afghanistan in 2012, encouraged them to follow him there to join al Qaeda.

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