Toledo: Three men convicted of
plotting to recruit and train terrorists to kill US soldiers
in Iraq have been sentenced in a federal court to more than
eight years in prison.
Mohammad Amawi, 29, received a 20-year term, with
credit for three years he has already spent in custody. He
will remain under lifetime supervision upon his release, US
District Judge James Carr said. Marwan El-Hindi, 46, described
by prosecutors as the leader, was sentenced to 12 years in
prison, and given an 18-month consecutive term on an unrelated
Both men had faced a maximum sentence of life in
prison. "This isn`t a capital `T` terrorism case," Carr said.
The third man, Wassim Mazloum, 27, was sentenced to
eight years and four months in prison.
But the judge said he hoped the sentences send a
message to anyone who is tempted to even talk about harming
Amawi and El-Hindi are US citizens. Mazloum came to
the US legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan.
Amawi was born in the US but also has Jordanian citizenship.
Amawi, El-Hindi and Mazloum met in Toledo about five
years ago and began plotting and training to help insurgents
in Iraq, the FBI said during their trial last year.