In­dian ad­mits ter­ror aid, tar­get­ing judge

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

TOLEDO, Ohio — An In­dian cit­i­zen who stud­ied at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity has pleaded guilty to sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism and try­ing to ar­range the killing of a fed­eral judge who had been oversee­ing his case.

Yahya Fa­rooq Mo­ham­mad is one of four men with Ohio ties ac­cused in 2015 of work­ing to send money to a known al-Qaida leader. The oth­ers are await­ing trial.

Mo­ham­mad pleaded guilty Mon­day to pro­vid­ing sup­port to ter­ror­ists and so­lic­i­ta­tion to com­mit a vi­o­lent crime.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Mo­ham­mad told an­other in­mate in Toledo last year that he wanted to have the fed­eral judge killed.

Mo­ham­mad’s at­tor­ney said the gov­ern­ment didn’t have a strong case but the 39-year-old Mo­ham­mad de­cided to plead guilty and ac­cept a 27-year sen­tence be­cause it was too risky to face trial and a pos­si­ble life sen­tence.

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