Illinois man gets 3 years for trying to join Islamic State

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CHICAGO — A judge has sentenced a 21-year-old from suburban Chicago to just over three years in prison for seeking to join Islamic State.

Friday’s sentence for Mohammed Hamzah Khan means, with time served, he’ll be freed next year. He’ll also be subject to 20 years supervised release that prosecutors characterized as among the strictest set.

U.S. District Judge John Tharp in Chicago said Khan’s case highlighted Islamic State recruiting of impressionable Muslims and how to deal with those falling under the militants’ sway.

Tharp said he can’t know if Khan is sincere about rejecting the Islamic State. He added that prisons aren’t designed to address issues of extremism and a long prison term could make Khan more dangerous.

Khan declined to speak at the hearing.

Khan faced a maximum 15-year term.


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