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Sentence for U.S. man in terror plot

February 27, 2009|Times Wire Reports

An Ohio man was sentenced to 20 years in prison over allegations that he had joined Al Qaeda and helped plot terrorist bombings in the U.S. and overseas.

American-born Christopher Paul, who has never publicly discussed the case, declined the judge's invitation to make a statement.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost, in a courtroom in Columbus, said he was at a loss to explain how Paul, 44, got himself caught up with the terrorist network.

Paul, a convert to Islam, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in terrorist attacks.

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