New York

Sentencing for pizzeria owner who recruited for Islamic Sate

A New York pizza shop owner who admitted he tried to recruit people for the Islamic State group is facing sentencing.

Prosecutors are expected to recommend a 22 ½-year prison term for Mufid Elfgeeh (MOO'-fihd ELF'-gee) when he appears Thursday in federal court in Rochester.

Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in December to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Authorities say he tried to recruit three people to join the Islamic State group to fight in Syria. He was operating a convenience store and pizza shop in Rochester at the time.

Pre-sentencing court filings show that since his 2014 arrest, Elfgeeh has met with the FBI and prosecutors and renounced the Islamic State and its methods.

Elfgeeh was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.