California Student Sentenced to 30 Years for Giving Aid to Islamic State
Although his defense attorney claimed her client “never actually intended to fight for the Islamic State,” U.S. District Judge David O. Carter disagreed, finding that saying it would be a “blessing to fight for the cause of Allah and die in the battlefield for ISIS” was, in fact, a fairly good indication of intent.
“I believe you’re radicalized. I believe you’re a recruiter and I believe you’re dangerous,” the judge told 25-year-old Muhanad Badawi as he sentenced him to 30 years in prison for attempting to provide aid to the Islamic terror group.
Badawi was convicted of taking part in a conspiracy to buy a one-way airplane ticket for a second defendant to fly to that battlefield in the Middle East.
Audiotaped surveillance and social media posts revealed Badawi and co-defendant Nader Salem Elhuzayel openly discussed the plan to support ISIS.
Elhuzayel received the same sentence last month.
The Assistant Director in charge of the Los Angeles office of the FBI, Deirdre Fike, told reporters, “The significant sentence the defendant received illustrates the gravity of this crime and the threat the defendants posed to the United States.”
Badawi was born in Sudan and came to the United States as a child, growing up in Anaheim, California.
Citing his age and his clean record, Corrigan says she will appeal the sentence.
When Badawi is released in 2046, when he is 55-years-old, he will begin a lifetime of supervised release as ordered by Judge Carter today.
“The real message from today’s hearing is that anyone who thinks they want to support ISIS or even dabble in its rhetoric better be ready to serve a lot of time in prison,” Corrigan wrote in an email.
Hopefully, Corrigan will be right and more ISIS sympathizers will find themselves in an American prison rather than on the battlefield.