Man Who Testified Against Friends Gets 20 Years Probation In ISIS Case

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Judge Michael Davis teared up Monday morning during the sentencing of one of the Minnesota men convicted of trying to join the Islamic State.

“This is so difficult,” Davis said, adding that he had hope for 20-year-old Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf, who pleaded guilty to trying to join ISIS in Syria and testified against his close friends in the case.

The government had recommended 3 years in prison for Yusuf, but Davis sentenced him to time served, with 20 years of probation and one year in a halfway house under heavy monitoring.

Yusuf is one of three Somali-American men to be sentenced Monday, along with Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame and Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman.

Warsame, 21, is slated to be sentenced at 11 a.m. He pleaded guilty to trying to help the terror group and told Scott Pelley on “60 Minutes” that he was the leader of the Minneapolis-based terror cell. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Abdurahman, also 21, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.

Six other Somali-American men convicted in the case are slated to be sentenced this week.

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