DETROIT – A Detroit-area man who talked about attacking a church and a hospital in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Khalil Abu Rayyan wasn't charged with a terrorist act. But a federal judge said Thursday he couldn't ignore Rayyan's threats and infatuation with terrorism as he sentenced him for gun-related crimes.
The 23-year-old kept a beheading photo on his phone screen, talked about becoming a martyr and expressed support for the Islamic State group.
Rayyan apologized in court last week and said he didn't hurt anyone. He says he's a different man after spending more than a year in custody.
Judge George Caram Steeh says it's "too little, too late." The government had asked for eight years in prison.