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American who joined and escaped Islamic State gets 20 years imprisonment

Twenty-seven-year-old Mohamad Khweis of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced in federal court

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File Photo: ISIS attackers (Photo: PTI/AP)
File Photo: ISIS attackers (Photo: PTI/AP)

The only to be convicted in a trial of successfully joining the overseas has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old of Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced today in federal court in Virginia after being convicted on charges earlier this year.

Khweis traveled to Islamic State-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria in December 2015, even obtaining an official membership card. But he found life there distasteful and escaped after a few months.

The 20-year sentence was halfway between the 35-year sentence sought by prosecutors and the five-year term requested the defense. Khweis' lawyers argued that a harsh sentence would deter other Americans who joined the from quitting.

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First Published: Sat, October 28 2017. 11:33 IST