Lawyer says Syracuse native convicted on terrorism charges will not appeal 15-year sentence
FD Editor’s Note: Stinks of F.B.I. “deal”… (defendant agrees not to appeal)
Mobile, Ala. — A Syracuse native given 15 years on terrorism-related charges will not appeal his sentence, his lawyer said in court documents filed Friday.
Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 26, was sentenced with co-defendant Randy “Rasheed” Wilson for conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. They will also be overseen by probation officials for three years.
Though not appealing the sentencing, Abukhdair’s lawyer initially argued he should get a lesser sentence than 15 years.
“After consideration, it is my desire to inform the court that I do not wish to take an appeal,” said the lawyer, Richard Yelverton. “It is my opinion that my client’s decision to take no appeal is both knowing and voluntary.”
According to court documents, Abukhdair said that the purpose of Islam is to conquer the world with violent means. He suggested that he and Wilson could form “AQUSA” – al-Qaeda in the USA. He proposed seizing hostages in the U.S. and demanding the release of convicted terrorists.
Abukhdair and Wilson eventually decided to fight for Islam in Africa instead, and planned traveling to Mali, where they expected violence to break out. Abukhdair was arrested at an Atlanta bus stop on Dec. 11, 2012, as he prepared to fly to Morocco via Canada.