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December 22nd, 2008
10:05 AM ET

Former student gets 15 years for supporting terrorism

A former University of South Florida student has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for providing material support to terrorists, including making a videotape showing how to assemble and use a remote-controlled bomb, prosecutors said.

Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed, 26, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Tampa, Florida. He pleaded guilty to the charge in June.

Under a plea agreement, six other charges against him were dropped.

Some of those charges stemmed from an August 2007 traffic stop in suburban Charleston, South Carolina, in which Mohamed and another USF student were arrested.

At a court hearing, a sheriff's deputy who stopped their Toyota Camry for traveling 60 mph in a 45-mph zone said he became suspicious when one of the men closed a laptop computer and placed it in the back seat when the car was pulled over. Mohamed was driving the car, authorities said.

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  1. JC- Los Angeles

    While the punishment seems to fit the crime, how about dolling out similar terms to all the worthless leaders, executives and politicians that have contributed to running our nation into the ground?

    It's getting harder and harder to argue that the low level thugs in Guantanamo Bay have done more harm to our nation than the connected hacks who have collectively destroyed it.

    December 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Cindy

    Mohamed deserves everything that he gets and more. Any one who lives here and would be that vile as to try to teach others how to kill our soldiers needs to be sentenced the harshest that they can be.

    Once Mohamed gets out of jail he needs to be kicked out of the states for good!

    Cindy..Ga.

    December 22, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  3. Chi Town

    Good... should have been twice that... but now worry... I'm sure he will find general population in a US prison to his likeing... working the yard for smokes and what not.

    December 22, 2008 at 10:08 am |