ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Two American Muslims accused of training for holy war against the United States by waging paintball battles in the Virginia woods were sentenced to prison Friday.
Randall Todd Royer, 31, and Ibrahim Ahmed Hamdi, 26, were among nine men who either pleaded guilty or were convicted of charges related to their participation in what prosecutors called a "Virginia jihad network." Two others were acquitted.
The group used paintball games in 2000 and 2001 as military training in preparation for war against nations deemed hostile to Islam, prosecutors said. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, several members went to Pakistan with the goal of joining the Taliban and fighting U.S. troops, prosecutors said. None actually joined the Taliban.
Royer, a former spokesman for the Muslim American Society, admitted helping members of the conspiracy join the militant Pakistani group Lashkar-e-Taiba after the Sept. 11 attacks.