MN ISIS Recruits Sentenced

US District Judge Michael Davis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN-  The nine Minnesota men convicted of attempting to join ISIS are being sentenced this week.  Some are receiving lighter punishments for cooperating with authorities; others will receive stiffer penalties, with prosecutors requesting up to 40 years in prison for some of those found guilty.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis is sentencing the men in groups of three Monday through Wednesday this week.  The three sentenced on Monday and their respective sentences were:

  • Zacharia Abdurahman, 21, to 10 years in prison;  
  • Abdirizak Warsame, 21, to 2.5 years in prison. Warsame cooperated with the government after he pled guilty and had already served 11 months.
  • Abdullahi Yusuf,  20, to time already served and 20 years supervised release. Yusuf plead guilty, cooperated with the government and testified against the others in the group.

On Tuesday, Judge Davis sentenced the following three men:

  • Hamza Ahmed, 21: 15 years in prison and 23 years of supervised release.
  • Hanad Musse, 21: 10 years in prison, with 20 years of supervised release.  
  • Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 20: 10 years in prison and 20 years supervised release.

Men still waiting to be sentenced according to inlcude:

  • Abdirahman Yasin Daud:  Prosecution requested 30 years in prison, lifetime of supervised release.
  • Guled Omar:  Prosecutors requested 40 years in prison. Defense requested 15 years.
  • Mohamed Abdihamid Farah: Prosecution requested 30 years in prison and lifetime of supervised release.


Updated 11/15/2016 5:12pm

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle is a former writer for Alpha News.