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US man pleads guilty in Islamic State case

US man pleads guilty to terrorist charge for seeking to join Islamic State militants

US man pleads guilty in Islamic State case

CHICAGO (AP) -- A suburban Chicago man has pleaded guilty to allegations that he tried to join Islamic State militants.

A plea deal unsealed Thursday says prosecutors will recommend a five-year prison term for Mohammed Hamzah Khan if he cooperates with investigators.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The charge carries a maximum 15-year sentence.

Khan's attorney, Thomas Durkin, told reporters the deal is fair but that the system is too geared toward imprisoning people like his client. He said, "These are American kids -- not some lunatics from Mars."

A sentencing date hasn't been set.

Khan was detained last year at an airport with two younger siblings. Filings said they also aspired to live under Islamic State control. They weren't charged.


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:39 GMT+08:00