Judge sentences California man to 12 years in terrorism case

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A federal judge in Sacramento has sentenced a man to 12 years in prison for his conviction in a case alleging he tried to join Islamic extremists in Syria.

U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez said on Tuesday that terrorism had become a zero-tolerance crime, as he issued the sentence against 22-year-old Nicholas Teausant.

Teausant pleaded guilty in December to one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Teausant was arrested in March 2014 in Washington state. Authorities said he planned to travel to Canada and then on to Syria to join the Islamic State group and discussed his plans with a friend who was actually an FBI informant.

Teausant's lawyers said he had a mental illness that made him vulnerable to the informant.