Federal judge sentences Ohio al Qaeda member to 20 years on terrorism charge
[JURIST] US citizen and al Qaeda member Christopher Paul was sentenced [DOJ press release] to 20 years in prison Thursday for conspiring to conduct a terrorist bombing campaign against targets in the US and Europe. Paul was sentenced by Judge Gregory Frost [official profile] of the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website]. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Paul pleaded guilty [DOJ press release] to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in June 2008, agreeing to a sentence of 20 years. In the statement, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew Olsen [official profile] said:
Today’s sentence brings an end to the long, militant career of Christopher Paul, an Ohio native who joined al Qaeda in the early 1990s, fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia and conspired with others to target Americans both at home and abroad. His lengthy prison term demonstrates our continuing resolve to protect the American public against terrorism.
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