Local Men Sentenced to 15 years in Terrorism Plot

Local Men Sentenced to 15 years in Terrorism Plot

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MOBILE, Ala. - With the heightened security of U.S. Marshals, Homeland Security, and Alabama State Troopers, Randy Wilson and Mohammad Abukhdair were escorted from the Mobile Federal Courthouse back to prison.

Both were given the maximum sentence of 15 years for conspiring to provide support to terrorists to commit violent Jihad.

"He's charged with a conspiracy to commit a conspiracy. He didn't have a lot of confidence in being tried in Mobile and as it turns out it looks like he was probably right. I can't imagine having tried this case with this much security. There are SWAT teams on the buildings here. Kind of a lot for a kid from DIP," said Wilson's defense attorney, Domingo Soto.

Soto noted his client never attended a terrorist training camp and says he never intended to act on a plot, but Judge Kristi Dubose thought otherwise. She referred to hundreds of pages of emails and recorded conversations between the two men in which they referenced Osama Bin Laden, their hatred for America and planning to move to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania which is located in Africa. Soto feels the guidelines for sentencing are stereotypical.

"I'm not happy with it. I think that the impact of 911 and all of the other things that have been happening around terrorism has zapped our confidence and we are driven by a lot of fear. He was going to Mauritania and the idea that he might do something in the future smacks at the very heart of the specific intention of crimes and this is basically a thought crime," said Soto.

Both men were emotionless during the sentencing, with Wilson giving a slight smile and nod to his relatives while being led out of the courtroom. They had no comment after the sentencing.

The judge also noted she made her ruling based on the lack of remorse the men showed in court. Both are required to serve the entire 15 years in prison, then 3 years probation. They have been given 14 days to appeal. Prosecutors declined to comment on the case.

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