CHICAGO – A 21-year-old man from suburban Chicago is being sentenced in federal court for trying to join Islamic State militants.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan faces a maximum 15-year sentence for seeking to provide material support to terrorists when he is sentenced Friday in Chicago.
Khan was arrested in 2014 at a Chicago airport on the first leg of his planned journey to Syria. Prosecutors say two younger siblings with him weren't charged.
His mother, Zarine Khan, said after his arrest that IS brainwashes youths via social media and demanded that they "Leave our children alone!"
Prosecutors have cited Khan's cooperation identifying IS recruiters in requesting a 5-year sentence. Defense lawyers want a 3-year sentence. With time served, that could mean his release next year. Durkin says Khan will enter college once freed.