BIRMINGHAM (ALABAMA): A federal judge sentenced an Uzbek man living illegally in the United States to nearly 16 years in prison on Friday on terrorism and weapons charges stemming from his plot to kill President Barack Obama.
Ulugbek Kodirov, who arrived in the US in 2009 to attend medical school but never enrolled, had plotted to shoot Obama while he campaigned for re-election this year, according to federal authorities.
They said the 22-year-old man became "radicalized" through internet research and believed he was acting on behalf of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an Islamist militant group the US has designated as a foreign terrorist organization.
This case is an example of how our youth can be radicalized by misinformation and propaganda they see on the internet ," assistant US attorney Michael Whisonant said.
Kodirov apologized at the hearing. He avoided a potential life sentence by cooperating with authorities and pleading guilty in February to providing material support for terrorist activity, being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and threatening to assassinate Obama.