Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Lamar Wilson, Jr., also known as Rasheed Wilson, were both sentenced to serve 15 years in federal prison plus three years supervision by the U.S. Probation Office to follow their release.
As part of the two jihadists' plea agreements, the prosecutors pushed for the maximum possible sentence, which is 15 years.
U.S. Attorney Kenyan Brown said, “The United States remains vigilant and will continue to investigate individuals who take action to materially support terrorist organizations around the world. Those who materially support the violence of terror groups will be brought to justice.”
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephan Richardson stated, “This terrorism investigation sends a resounding message to all those individuals who wish to participate in terrorism acts and cause us harm that our resolve to both pursue them and protect the American people from the violent threats they pose is unwavering.”
Abukhdair and Wilson were indicted by an Alabama grand jury in December 2012 for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, knowing or intending that their support was to be used in preparation for carrying out a conspiracy to kill persons or damage property outside the U.S. as part of Islamic terror operations.
Wilson pleaded guilty to the charges on April 19, 2013. Abukhdair pleaded guilty on Aug. 6, 2013.
The terrorism charges and indictments stemmed from a conspiracy between Abukhdair and Wilson and other American jihadists to travel from the United States to Mauritania intending to train and prepare to wage violent jihad there.
Abukhdair and Wilson were the subjects of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI.
Abukhdair was arrested by the FBI in Augusta, Ga., at a bus terminal en route to the airport in order to fly to West Africa from outside the United States, and Wilson was arrested by the FBI in Atlanta, Ga., as he attempted to board a flight to West Africa. The Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI conducted the investigation and presented the case for prosecution to the United States Attorney’s Office.