United States: An Arizona man convicted of helping a New Yorker join the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday by a judge who said he was not the typical “true believer” terrorism defendant.
Ahmed Mohammed el-Gammal, 48, a suburban Phoenix man who sold car parts, was sentenced by Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan federal court.
Ramos said the “consequences of Mr. el-Gammal’s conduct were tragic indeed” because the 24-year-old student he helped reach Syria in 2015 was eventually killed in combat.
The trial was the first ISIS-related prosecution to occur in Manhattan federal court.
El-Gammal was convicted last year for helping Samy el-Goarany, who flew to Turkey in January 2015 and made his way to Syria. El-Gammal was arrested in August 2015, months before el-Goarany’s brother was informed that el-Goarany, a Baruch College student, was killed fighting for ISIS.