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Appeals court upholds life sentence in terror case

  • Article by: BRETT BARROUQUERE
  • Associated Press
  • December 17, 2013 - 10:45 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal appeals court has upheld the life sentence of an Iraqi man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to send cash and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that there wasn't any government misconduct in the case of 26-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi.

Judge Karen Nelson Moore concluded that the government presented Hammadi with an opportunity to commit a crime and he took it.

A co-defendant, 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year sentence.

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty to conspiring to ship machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq. Prosecutors said the two were working with an informant.

Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green.

Hammadi is in a maximum-security prison in Colorado.

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