O.C. Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Trying to Join ISIS

Two Anaheim men charged with conspiring to provide material support for ISIS appeared in a Santa Ana federal courtroom on May 22, 2015. Nader Elhuzayel is at left and Muhanad Badawi is at right. (Credit: Bill Robles)

A man convicted of conspiring to help Islamic State militants after he was caught as he attempted to board a plane to the Middle East was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter said Nader Elhuzayel’s repeated calls for martyrdom in his communications made him “especially dangerous.”

“There’s no remorse, no repudiation of ISIL, only death and destruction,” Carter said in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Elhuzayel, 25, and Muhanad Badawi, 24, both residents of Anaheim, were convicted after a two-week trial that detailed their efforts to join the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, including their recorded pledges to “fight for the cause of Allah and to die in the battlefield.”

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