ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Virginia teenager is set to be sentenced for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and providing other aid to the militant group.
Seventeen-year-old Ali Shukri Amin of Manassas faces up to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Friday in federal court in Alexandria. Prosecutors, however, could recommend he serve less time.
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.