NEW YORK - A federal judge sentenced a New York man on Friday to 27 years in prison for his attempts to join an al-Qaida-linked group and fight US soldiers, federal prosecutors said.
US District Judge John Gleeson sentenced Betim Kaziu, 23, who was convicted by a jury after a trial in Brooklyn federal court last July. Prosecutors had sought life in prison for him.
Kaziu, an American citizen, had sought to link up with militants in retaliation for perceived abuses against the global Muslim community, prosecutors said.
He was arrested in August 2009 in Kosovo, where prosecutors said he was seeking to join up with al Shabbab, a militant Somali insurgent group linked to al-Qaida and designated a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department.