Los Angeles Times

Plea deal over Twit­ter threats

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Khaalid Ab­dulka­dir, the 20- year- old Min­neapo­lis man ac­cused of tweet­ing death threats against a fed­eral judge and agents last year, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge on what would have been the first day of his trial.

Ab­dulka­dir, who had been charged with a felony and faced up to 15 years in prison, pleaded guilty to a mis­de­meanor and will re­ceive three years’ pro­ba­tion.

As the plea hear­ing be­gan, Ab­dulka­dir’s lawyer, Chris Madel, said his client wanted to go to trial, adding, “I hon­estly think we were go­ing to win.”

But dur­ing a long se­ries of meet­ings, Ab­dulka­dir con­sulted his par­ents and lead­ers of the Min­neapo­lis So­mali com­mu­nity and de­cided to take the plea agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated with fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors.

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