LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney.
Mohanad Shareef Hammadi pleaded guilty in 2012 to being involved in a plot to send weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq. Hammadi says in a motion filed last month that he was pressured into pleading guilty to a dozen charges and was told by his attorney, James Earhart, he would not get a life sentence. He is asking a judge to throw out or correct the sentence.
A co-defendant in the case, Waad Ramadan Alwan, is serving 40 years. The pair was working with an FBI informant.
A phone message left for Earhart was not immediately returned.