Fed Court to Hear Case of Iraqi Sentenced to Life

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A federal appeals court is scheduled in November to hear the case of an Iraqi man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

The attorney for 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi will get to argue why he thinks his client's prison sentence should be reduced. Prosecutors are opposing any reduction.

A co-defendant, 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year sentence in January.

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty in 2011 and 2012 to conspiring to ship thousands in cash, machine guns, rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors said the two were working with a confidential informant.

Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green after a federal sting operation.

Hammadi is being held in a maximum-security prison in Colorado.

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