West Chester man sentenced in federal court for terror plot

Munir Abdulkader

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) — A West Chester man was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges that he plotted attacks against a member of the U.S. military and a police station in support of the Islamic State group.

U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett sentenced Munir Abdulkader to 20 years in prison.

Court documents said Abdulkader pleaded guilty to attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States, providing material support of a foreign terrorist organization and to a firearms count.

Prosecutors were seeking a 25-year prison sentence. Defense attorneys said similar cases have drawn sentences of 15 years or less.

Investigators said Abdulkader, 22, communicated with an Islamic State member. They said he wanted to behead a military employee and attack a police station.

He was arrested in a Mason parking lot in May 2015 after buying an AK-47 rifle.

Court documents said the former Xavier University student was communicating with Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State militant who was reported killed in a U.S. drone strike in August 2015.

Federal authorities didn’t make the Abdulkader case public until earlier this year.

His arrest came four months after another suburban Cincinnati youth was arrested by the FBI after buying assault weapons and ammunition, allegedly for a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group.

Christopher Lee Cornell, 22, of Green Township, pleaded guilty to three counts including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5. Federal prosecutors in that case are seeking a 30-year sentence.

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