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Man gets 20 years in Somali terror investigation

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who authorities say played a key role in funneling young men from Minnesota to the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Forty-seven-year-old Mahamud Said Omar also will be on supervised release the rest of his life.

Omar was convicted last year on five terror-related counts, including one that could have carried a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors were seeking 50 years.

Prosecutors alleged Omar used recruits as “cannon fodder” and helped feed them into a pipeline of violence in their homeland.

Defense attorneys argued in court documents that Omar was a passive participant.

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