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A man who as a teenager was seen on surveillance video proclaiming his commitment to jihad was sentenced on Tuesday to 13 years in prison despite his tearful pleas to a judge that he was a disillusioned and immature high school student at the time he plotted to join al-Qaida.  "I am not the monster that the government says I am," Justin Kaliebe told U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley before being sentenced. "I never intended to hurt anyone. That's not who I am."

Kaliebe, now 22 years old, also faces 20 years of post-release supervision.  The judge said Kaliebe's offense "is very serious."  "He was radicalized to the nth degree," the judge said. "He was a very dangerous individual. People who engage in this type of activity ... must recognize that serious consequences will follow."

Read more: ABC News

A Virginia man has been charged with attempting to help the Islamic State group buy weapons and ammunition.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for eastern Virginia said in a statement Thursday that 26-year-old Lionel Nelson Williams of Suffolk was arrested Wednesday.  Charging documents state Williams sent money to someone working with the FBI whom he believed was collecting money for the group and also expressed his support for the organization on Facebook.

The statement said Williams ordered an AK-47 assault rifle from an online gun dealer a day after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California, in 2015. It also said an AK-47 and a handgun were recovered from his home.  U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Joshua Stueve said Williams lacked an attorney at his initial court appearance Thursday.

Read more: ABC News

Christopher Cornell, 22, pleaded guilty in August to attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees, offering material support to a terrorist organization and a firearms charge. A fourth charge, solicitation to commit a crime of violence, was dropped.

Cornell appeared in federal court on Monday and was sentenced to 30 years in prison and lifetime supervised release for plotting, planning and attempting an attack on government officials during the State of the Union Address in 2015 in the name of ISIL.

After Senior U.S. District Judge Sandra Beckwith handed down the sentence, Cornell spoke out in court saying, "Don't trust the court system; it's rigged."  Federal security led him quickly from the courtroom.  Cornell added either "The law is in charge" or "Allah is in charge, not this judge."

Read more: WLWT (Cincinnati)

A 37-year-old Brooklyn resident is facing terror charges after he allegedly expressed support for a truck attack in Times Square similar to one ISIS claimed responsibility for in Nice, France.

As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reported, the federal criminal complaint was issued Monday against Mohamed Rafik Naji, 37 – a citizen of Yemen, but a permanent legal resident of the U.S.

Naji was awoken and arrested at 3 a.m. Monday at his home somewhere in Brooklyn, authorities said. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Downtown Brooklyn for an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: CBS New York

A federal judge has sentenced a Minnesota man who was part of a conspiracy to join the Islamic State group in Syria to 10 years in prison.

Zacharia Abdurahman (ab-dur-ah-mahn) drew the harshest sentence of the three defendants who appeared before U.S. District Judge Michael Davis in Minneapolis on Monday. While Abdurahman pleaded guilty, he did not cooperate with the government against the other members of what Davis called a "terrorist cell."

Read more: AP