Two Californians go to prison for terror plot to kill Americans

Feb 23, 2015 6:38 PM by Debbie Cobb

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Two California men have been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to support terrorists and kill Americans overseas.

Federal prosecutors say Sohiel Omar Kabir and Ralph Deleon were sentenced Monday for their part in a plot to train with the Taliban and al-Qaida.

Prosecutors say Kabir indoctrinated Deleon and another man in radical Islam in 2010 and Deleon recruited and trained a fourth man to join them.

Deleon and the two others were arrested in 2012 as they headed to Mexico to catch a flight to the Middle East. Kabir was arrested in Afghanistan.

Defense lawyers said at trial that Kabir and Deleon were just harmless pot smokers full of hot air when discussing the plans.

The two others pleaded guilty and will be sentenced March 16.


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