Uzbek man gets nearly 16 years for plot to kill Obama

July 14, 2012 07:04

BIRMINGHAM - A federal judge sentenced an Uzbek man living illegally in the United States to nearly 16 years in prison on Friday on terrorism and weapons charges stemming from his plot to kill US President Barack Obama.

Ulugbek Kodirov, who arrived in the United States in 2009 to attend medical school but never enrolled, had plotted to shoot Obama while the president campaigned for re-election this year, according to federal authorities in Alabama.

They said the 22-year-old man became "radicalized" through Internet research and believed he was acting on behalf of an Islamist militant group in his homeland.

"This case is an example of how our youth can be radicalized by misinformation and propaganda they see on the Internet," Assistant US Attorney Michael Whisonant said during a sentencing hearing in Birmingham.

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