Friday, February 27

Terror Los Angeles : Ralph kenneth deleon and two terror suspects sentenced to 25 years in prison

RIVERSIDE >> A federal judge on Monday sentenced two Inland Empire men to 25 years in prison for plotting to travel to Afghanistan, join al Qaeda and commit a violent jihad against American military and government targets overseas.
Despite requests from defense attorneys for leniency and a request for a new trial, Judge Virginia A. Phillips sentenced Sohiel Omar Kabir, 37, of Pomona, and Ralph Kenneth DeLeon, 26, of Ontario, to 25 years in prison and lifetime supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office upon their release from custody. Phillips also ordered the pair to undergo residential drug treatment while in custody.
Federal prosecutors were pushing for 35-year sentences for both defendants, given the nature of the criminal conspiracy and the intended targets.
A jury convicted Kabir and DeLeon in September, but deadlocked on two of the charges against DeLeon: conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to receive military-type training from al Qaeda.
Prosecutors on Monday agreed to dismiss the two charges against DeLeon, which the jury deadlocked on in September, instead of retrying him for those offenses.

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