November 15, 2016 10:13 AM
A Minnesota man arrested in 2015 on charges he and several others were trying to assist the Islamic State terror group pleaded guilty Monday in federal court.
Hamza Ahmed pleaded guilty to conspiracy and student financial aid fraud. He could get up to 20 years in prison.
He told the judge Monday that he originally pleaded "not guilty" to appease his mother. He said she wanted to see his case go to trial and "she was a big influence in that."
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis ordered a pre-sentence investigation report and will schedule a sentencing hearing after it is complete.
Ahmed was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were attempting to travel to Syria. Ahmed has been indicted on charges of lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation, conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group and attempting to provide material support, according to federal charges.
There are three other suspects still awaiting trial in this case; six others have changed their pleas.
Most recently, co-defendent Adnan Abdihamid Farah also pleaded guilty April 14.
Dave Aeikens & Ellen Galles
Updated: November 15, 2016 10:13 AM
Created: April 25, 2016 10:12 AM
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