US man gets 17 years in prison for aiding al-Qaida

ByREUTERS
April 13, 2012 13:43




BOSTON - A Massachusetts man convicted of supporting al-Qaida was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison at a court appearance on Thursday in which he shouted "You're a liar!" at the prosecutor.

Tarek Mehanna, 29, was found guilty in December on all seven charges against him, including "providing material support to terrorists," conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and lying to law enforcement officers.



But Mehanna, a US citizen from Sudbury, a Boston suburb, maintained his innocence at his sentencing in US District Court in Boston on Thursday, telling the judge he "never plotted to kill Americans at shopping malls or anywhere else."

Judge George O'Toole said he was troubled by Mehanna's lack of remorse and sentenced him to 17-and-a-half years behind bars followed by seven years of supervised release. The maximum penalty for his charges was life in prison.


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