A U.S. judge has sentenced a New York man to 13 years in prison for trying to join a militant terror group while he was a senior in high school.
(FOX)- Justin Kaliebe (kah-LEE’-bee) was arrested in 2013 after he went to Kennedy Airport intending to fly to Yemen, where he would join the militant group al-Qaida.
The Long Island man, now 22, pleaded guilty shortly after his arrest.
Kaliebe’s attorney contends his client was a misguided autistic teenager who didn’t understand what he was doing. He requested Kaliebe be sentenced to time served, plus strict post-release monitoring.
Surveillance video recorded by undercover federal agents shows Kaliebe praising terrorists.
U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley on Tuesday called the crime “horrendous.”