RELIGION

Most Islamic State-related defendants get maximum sentence

Federal prosecutors say the majority of terrorism defendants in the U.S. who have been convicted in cases related to the Islamic State group have received the maximum 15 years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota says in a summary filed Friday that it examined Islamic State-related cases nationwide over the last two years.

It found that eight of the 13 defendants who have already been sentenced received the maximum 15 years in prison — or more if sentenced on multiple counts.

Nine Minnesota men await sentencing for conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization. No sentencing date has been set. Three of them face a possible life sentence because they also were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder overseas.