ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A northern Virginia teenager has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and providing other aid to the militant group.
The judge said he considered 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin's age and lack of a criminal record during sentencing Friday in federal court in Alexandria. Amin of Manassas told the judge he didn't "expect sympathy."
Amin pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. He would have otherwise been graduating from high school with honors around the time of his plea. Juveniles rarely face charges in the federal system.
He admitted helping another northern Virginia teenager travel to Syria, as well as using Twitter and other social media to solicit donations and support for the Islamic State.