Federal prosecutors want to imprison a Dayton man found guilty of two terrorism-related charges for 40 years for what essentially was a “thought crime,” according to his attorney.

Laith W. Alebbini, 28, was found guilty in December of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support for ISIS. His bench trial was last year in front of U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice, who scheduled a sentencing hearing for today.

Federal public defender Thomas Anderson argued in a sentencing memorandum that Alebbini’s motivation was to “fight the murderous Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria” and that Alebbini thought ISIS was the group best capable to do so.

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