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Ulugbek Kodirov Sentenced to More than 15 Years in Prison for Plot to Kill President Obamaposted on July 17, 2012
An immigrant from Uzbekistan, who “pleaded guilty in February to threatening to kill the president, providing material support to terrorism and unlawfully possessing a firearm,” has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison, Jay Reeves reports for The Associated Press. After entering the country on a student visa to study medicine at Columbia University, Ulugbek Kodirov never enrolled, but instead began working at a mall in Alabama. Kodirov’s defense team said that their client grew lonely and turned to the internet where he began corresponding with a person he believed to be member of an anti-American, Uzbek Islamic group. “This case is an example of how our youth can be radicalized by the propaganda and lies on the Internet,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Whisonant.