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Glencoe Man Gets 3 Years for Lying About Islamic State Group Contact

January 11, 2017 04:54 PM

A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for lying to the FBI about his social media exchanges with Islamic State group recruiters.
    
Twenty-three-year-old Abdul Raheem Ali-Skelton, of Glencoe, pleaded guilty in April to lying about his communications with the group.

RELATED: Glencoe Man Charged with Lying to FBI Agents about Contacting Islamic State Terrorists
   
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ali-Skelton has been sentenced to 38 months in prison, and 3 years supervised release. Prosecutors argued Tuesday for a five-year sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Kovats said Ali-Skelton maintained secret contact with "the worst of the worst of terrorist organizations."
    
Ali-Skelton apologized and distanced himself from IS ideology, saying he never supported terrorism. His attorney cited mental health issues, saying communicating with the group made Ali-Skelton feel important.
    
The case was separate from a terrorism conspiracy case that ended in the sentencing of nine young Minnesota men in November.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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