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The Latest: Man who says he plotted US attacks gets 20 years

Posted November 23

— The Latest on the sentencing of an Ohio man who admitted plotting attacks in support of the Islamic State group (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

An Ohio man who pleaded guilty to charges that he plotted attacks against a member of the U.S. military and a police station in support of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Munir Abdulkader (moo-NEER' ab-duhl-KAH'-der) was sentenced Wednesday in Cincinnati. U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett sentenced the 22-year-old West Chester Township man after Abdulkader apologized to the court. After prison, he faces lifetime probation.

Court documents say Abdulkader pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States and providing material support of a foreign terrorist organization, along with a firearms count. He was arrested in May 2015.

Prosecutors had sought a 25-year prison sentence. Defense attorneys argued that similar cases have drawn sentences of 15 years or fewer.

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12:30 a.m.

An Ohio man faces sentencing after pleading guilty to charges that he plotted attacks against a member of the U.S. military and a police station in support of the Islamic State group.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett scheduled a hearing for Wednesday for Munir Abdulkader (moo-neer ab-duhl-KAH-der).

Court documents say Abdulkader pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, providing material support of a foreign terrorist organization and to a firearms count.

Prosecutors are seeking a 25-year prison sentence. Defense attorneys say similar cases have drawn sentences of 15 years or less.

The 22-year-old West Chester Township man was arrested in May 2015.

Investigators say Abdulkader communicated with an Islamic State member. They say he wanted to behead a military employee and attack a police station.

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