An Iraqi man who pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Kentucky was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole and a co-defendant received a 40-year sentence for his role in a plot to ship weapons and cash to insurgents in Iraq.
Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, protested U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell’s decision to send him away for life while granting 30-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan less time in prison. Hammadi told Russell about growing up poor in Bayji, Iraq, and said his role in the scheme was merely helping a friend load a truck for much-needed money.
Hammadi’s attorney, James Earhart of Louisville, had sought 25 years in prison for his client and said he would appeal the life sentence.
“A 25-year-old getting a life sentence is a tragedy,” Earhart said. “The life that he lived is a tragedy.”
Source: Brett Barrouquere for the Associated Press