Columbus man’s guilty plea in terrorism case unsealed, facts of plot revealed

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Newly unsealed court documents say a Columbus man charged with plotting a U.S. attack after receiving overseas training pleaded guilty nearly two years ago.

A court filing unsealed Thursday says Columbus resident Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud pleaded guilty in August 2015 to supporting terrorism and making false statements to authorities. The plea was sealed because of an ongoing investigation, according to the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.

Federal prosecutors say Mohamud received training in 2014 on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria, and then returned to the U.S. with a plan to kill military officers or others in uniform.

They say he also researched places to carry out attacks.

Providing material support to terrorists and providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization are each crimes punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Making false statements involving international terrorism carries a maximum sentence of eight years in prison.

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