tarek mehanna

A Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida has been sentenced by a federal judge in Boston to 17 and a half years in prison.

Federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year prison sentence for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida.

Prosecutors to Recommend Sentence in Terror Case

Apr 10, 2012

Prosecutors are set to make their sentencing recommendation for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury was convicted in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. soldiers.

His lawyers say he should not be sentenced to more than 6 ½ years in prison. They say he never ended up receiving terrorist training, never provided any funds or weapons to al-Qaida and never actually threatened U.S. security interests.