Mississippi Islamic State recruit gets 8 years in prison

Muhammed Dakhlalla’s senior picture from Starkville High School in 2011 (Photo: WCBI, a CBS affiliate)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi man who tried to travel to Syria with his fiancee to join the Islamic State group has been sentenced to eight years in prison on federal terrorism charges.

Muhammad Dakhlalla was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. Dakhlalla pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Dakhlalla, of Starkville, faced up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and lifetime probation.

 Jaelyn Delshaun Young (Photo: Vicksburg Post)
Jaelyn Delshaun Young (Photo: Vicksburg Post)

Jaelyn Young, his fiancee, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Aug. 11. Young converted to Islam while studying at Mississippi State University. Prosecutors have said she talked Dakhlalla into the plan, and that she considered disguising their journey as a honeymoon.

The two were arrested in 2015 trying to depart the Columbus, Mississippi, airport for Istanbul.

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