Ohio Man Conspired To Support Terrorists And Paid To Have Judge Murdered

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An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and to soliciting the murder of a federal judge.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, a citizen of India who married a U.S. citizen in 2008, pleaded guilty to traveling to Yemen to provide thousands of dollars, equipment, and other assistance to notorious now-dead terrorist recruiter Anwar Al-Awlaki. He was indicted in 2015 along with three others, his brother, Ibrahim Mohammad, Asif Ahmed Salim, and Sultane Room Salim, but he is the first to plead guilty, according to a statement from the Department of Justice.

“On July 22, 2009, Mohammad traveled with two associates to Yemen to meet Awlaki and deliver the $22,000 that they had raised,” the DOJ statement said. “Although they were unable to meet Awlaki in person, Mohammad and his associates did ensure that Awlaki received the money through a courier.”

Mohammad also pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an FBI agent posing as a “hitman,” to kidnap and murder U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary, who was presiding over his case in 2016. He offered to pay up to $15,000 to have the judge taken care of.

Mohammad is the second Ohio man to plead guilty to terrorism charges this July. Aaron Travis Daniels admitted July 6 that he tried to board an aircraft from Ohio to Libya in order to provide materials to support ISIS. Daniels now faces up to 20 years in prison.

Mohammad’s plea deal states he will receive a sentence of 27 years in federal prison and will be deported upon his release, according tot he DOJ statement.

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