A Somali man who plotted to kill U.S. military personnel in Texas asked a federal judge to send him back home to Somalia instead of sentencing him to time in prison. As Fox News reports, the court filing in the case of Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud shows him informing the judge, Michael Watson, who sentenced Mohamud to 22 years in prison, that he didn't deserve prison.
Mohamud had planned to fly to Texas and attack the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, supposedly to free Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani scientist convicted of shooting at two U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. He had trained with al-Nusrah Front, a terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda.
Mohamud wrote to the judge, "I truly don't believe I deserve prison at all. So if the concern is risk assessment then deportation would set everyone's hearts at ease."
Defense attorney Sam Shamansky asked for leniency, protesting that his client’s father was absent when he was growing up, that Mohamud was brainwashed while abroad “by professional head twisters” but abandoned his plan. He said, “This is a scared, confused, 23-year-old kid, an American kid, who gets his head twisted.”
Last June, Mohamud, 25, pleaded guilty to all counts alleged against him regarding a terrorist plot. Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana J. Boente stated, “Mohamud admitted to traveling overseas, providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and receiving training from terrorists. He also admitted to returning to the United States and planning to conduct an attack on American soil. He will now be held accountable for his crimes. The National Security Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism. We will remain vigilant in our efforts to identify, disrupt, and bring to justice those who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations and seek to conduct attacks on our homeland.”