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India native faces Nevada sentencing on terrorism charges

  • FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office shows Balwinder Singh, an India citizen who received asylum in the U.S. and lived in northern Nevada until his arrest in December, 2013. A federal judge sentenced Singh to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to plot terror strikes in his home country on the border with Pakistan while living in Reno three years ago. (Washoe County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

    FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Washoe County Sheriff's Office shows Balwinder Singh, an India citizen who received asylum in the U.S. and lived in northern Nevada until his arrest in December, 2013. A federal judge sentenced Singh to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to plot terror strikes in his home country on the border with Pakistan while living in Reno three years ago. (Washoe County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Daniel Bogden, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, right, and FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse of Las Vegas address the media in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday March 7, 2017, after India citizen Balwinder Singh was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to plot a terrorist attack in his home country near the border with Pakistan. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

    Daniel Bogden, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, right, and FBI Special Agent Aaron Rouse of Las Vegas address the media in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday March 7, 2017, after India citizen Balwinder Singh was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to plot a terrorist attack in his home country near the border with Pakistan. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).  (The Associated Press)

A citizen of India who received U.S. asylum and lived in Nevada is facing up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to plot terror strikes in his home country on the border with Pakistan.

Balwinder Singh's sentencing is scheduled Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Reno.

Prosecutors say he worked with two groups trying to establish an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region.

They say he sought asylum in San Francisco using a false identity to elude Indian authorities when traveling back to his home country.

The government is seeking the maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with the possibly of lifetime supervision upon his release.

Singh's lawyers say he was tortured by Indian government officials and was never a threat to the U.S.