MIAMI – Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to impose the maximum 15-year prison sentence on a Kenyan who admitted to supporting foreign terror organizations.
Prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday that 27-year-old Mohamed Said provided thousands of dollars and identified recruits for Africa's violent al-Shabaab organization and al-Qaida affiliates in Syria and elsewhere. Said pleaded guilty to terror support conspiracy in May.
Said's attorney wants a more lenient eight-year sentence, in part because Said never plotted against the U.S.
Sentencing is set Friday in Miami federal court.
Said and a co-defendant were arrested in 2013 in Saudi Arabia in a case that evolved from FBI monitoring of Internet chat rooms frequented by Islamic extremists. The co-defendant is serving a 15-year prison sentence.