April 12, 2012

Prosecutors contend that a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to support al Qaeda should serve at least 25 years in prison but defense lawyers said their client’s actions hurt no one, according to court filings before his sentencing on Thursday.

Tarek Mehanna, 29, was found guilty in December on all seven charges against him, including four related to terrorism. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced by Judge George O’Toole in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday.

Mehanna, of Sudbury, Massachusetts was arrested in 2009 and charged with “providing material support to terrorists.” He was also charged with conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and lying to law enforcement officers.

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