US citizen who joined ISIS could get 35-year sentence


A former public transit driver in Virginia who later joined the Islamic State group in Syria faces up to 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday.

Mohamad Khweis, 27, of Alexandria, Va., became the only U.S. citizen convicted in a U.S. jury trial of joining ISIS overseas. He was convicted on terrorism charges earler this year in a federal court in Virginia.

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.

Prosecutors say Khweis volunteered to be a suicide bomber and deserves a 35-year prison sentence.

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