Three sentenced in Ohio terrorism case

Three sentenced in Ohio terrorism case 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 fraud conviction.

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 American soldiers.

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.

Bureau Report