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Ex-honor student gets 5 years in terrorism case

Thursday - 4/17/2014, 5:30pm  ET

MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A Maryland teenager convicted with two American women in a Jihadist terror plot has been sentenced in Philadelphia to five years in prison.

Mohammad Khalid, of Ellicott City in the Baltimore suburbs, was sentenced Thursday. He has already spent three years behind bars in the case linked to Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose, who is serving a 10-year term.

Federal prosecutors say Khalid met LaRose and other extremists online when he was 15. They say he used his "brilliance and eloquence" to help translate documents and try to recruit westerners.

Defense lawyers argue that Khalid's youth, foreignness and Asperger's syndrome made him isolated and vulnerable.

Prosecutors say the 21-year-old native of Pakistan has assisted with global terrorism investigations since his 2011 arrest.

Khalid says he hopes to rebuild his life in the U.S. but knows he could be deported.


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