Man gets 20 years in Somali terror investigation 14 May 13

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A man who authorities say played a key role in funneling young men from Minnesota to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia is sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Forty-seven-year-old Mahamud Said Omar also will be on supervised release the rest of his life.

Omar was convicted last year on five terror-related counts, including one that could have carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors were seeking 50 years.

Prosecutors alleged Omar used recruits as “cannon fodder” and helped feed them into a pipeline of violence in their homeland.

Defense attorneys argued in court documents that Omar was a passive participant.