Three Ohio men who plotted to recruit and and train terrorists to kill American soldiers will spend significant time behind bars after a court ruling Wednesday.
Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum were sentenced in a Federal court in Toledo by U.S. District Court Judge James Carr on charges of supporting terrorists overseas.
The men were arrested in June for planning a jihad against American troops in Iraq by plotting to recruit and train Iraqi insurgents.
Carr sentenced Amawi to 20 years in prison, and sentenced El-Hindi to 12 years. Mazloum was also sentenced to an eight-year term.
"Talking about killing troops isn't something that's protected by free speech," Carr said after the ruling. "It's not just 'idle chatter or fantasy.'"
Defense lawyers argued their clients were set up by the FBI, but the judge said those FBI actions did not amount to entrapment.