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Man who tried to create ISIS-inspired terror cell in U.S. gets 15 years in prison, half of what feds sought

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Cleveland.com


By Eric Heisig, cleveland.com

AKRON, Ohio — A man who tried to create a terrorist cell to carry out attacks in the U.S. in the name of the Islamic State was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison, half the amount sought by federal prosecutors.

Erick Jamal Hendricks, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was convicted by a jury in March of trying to recruit and train ISIS sympathizers. He vetted people to see if they were suitable to join him, espoused radical views, and instructed others to vet additional possible recruits through social media.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office asked U.S. District Judge John Adams to sentence Hendricks, 38, to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowed for the two charges for which the jury found him guilty. However, Adams said a lesser sentence was warranted.

Much of Monday’s hearing focused on the sentences given to five anarchists convicted in a plot to blow up the Ohio 82 bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in 2012.

Read more: https://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/2019/02/man-who-tried-to-create-isis-inspired-terror-cell-in-us-gets-15-years-in-prison-half-of-what-feds-sought.html