Alabama terrorism suspects accused of conspiring to wage international holy war have been sentenced to 15 years each by a federal judge in Alabama, according to a Dec. 20 Reuters report.
U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose noted that she reviewed multiple recordings of conversations and emails between Randy “Rasheed” Wilson and Mohammed Abdul Rahman Abukdhair’s before finding that they had a “well researched plan” to support jihad and killing Americans. Federal Judge DuBose observed further that the Alabama terrorism suspects' lack of remorse heightened chances of a future conspiracy.
The Inquisitr reports that the now convicted felons had bought tickets to travel to Morocco and were arrested prior to their departure in December 2012. Prosecutors argued that the Alabama terrorism suspects met online and developed a friendship that revolved around extreme Islamic views.
Attorneys for the defendants countered that the Alabama suspects merely said disturbing things, and maintained that they should not be punished for that, WebPro News reports.
The judge, however, was not convinced by defense counsel. She sentenced the defendants to the maximum sentence. “Most people in this courtroom support people’s right to have whatever beliefs they want,” Judge Dubose opined. “But when a religion requires you to murder, that is crossing the line.”