Man accused in terror plot asked for deportation over prison

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Man accused in terror plot asked for deportation over prison
Man accused in terror plot asked for deportation over prison

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A court filing shows an Ohio man who plotted to kill U.S. military personnel in Texas asked a federal judge to deport him instead of sending him to prison.

The filing says Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud (ab-dee-RAH’-mahn shayk moh-HAH’-mud) told Judge Michael Watson in December that he didn’t deserve prison because he’d been cooperative.

Mohamud was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. at 2 years old. He told the judge that he didn’t want to leave his family and return home but called his proposal just and fair.

Watson last week sentenced Mohamud to 22 years in prison. The local Homeland Security Investigations office says it will seek eventually to deport Mohamud.

Mohamud said in court that what he did was wrong and he fell into the trap of radicalization.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by Franklin County Sheriffís Office shows Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud. Mohamud, of Columbus, accused in April 2015 of receiving training on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, and then returning to the U.S. with a plan to attack a military base or a prison. A federal judge on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, is scheduled to sentence the Ohio man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S. following a delay in the case when a previous judge withdrew. Mohamud, who was born in Somalia but came to the U.S. as a child, was arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty to plotting those attacks after becoming radicalized in Syria. The attacks were never carried out. (AP Photo/Franklin County Sheriffís Office via AP, File)
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