NEW YORK – A successful New York accountant who admitted supporting al-Qaida with money and supplies has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Sabirhan Hasanoff (suh-BEHR'-han HAHS'-an-awf) was sentenced Monday in federal court.
The sentence is two years less than the maximum he faced after pleading guilty to supporting al-Qaida. The judge says it was necessary to send a deterrent message to others who might embrace violent Islamic ideology.
Hasanoff has apologized for supporting al-Qaida from 2007 to 2010, saying he was wrong.
Prosecutors had portrayed Hasanoff as a new sophisticated breed of homegrown terrorist.
The 37-year-old Hasanoff is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia. He lived in Brooklyn with his two children, graduated from Baruch College in Manhattan and had worked as a senior manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers.