Would-be suicide bomber to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge in Chicago is scheduled to sentence a 28-year-old man for plotting to attend a Somalia training camp to become a suicide bomber for terrorist groups al-Qaida and al-Shabab.
Prosecutors have asked the judge to sentence Shaker Masri on Tuesday to more than nine years in prison.
The Chicago man was arrested in 2010. He pleaded guilty in July to attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization.
He'd allegedly expressed admiration for U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki (ahn-WAHR' al-aw-LAH'-kee). Al-Awlaki is believed to have inspired the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings and a failed Christmas bombing of a Detroit-bound jet. A U.S. drone attack killed al-Awlaki last year.
Masri was born in Alabama and lived abroad before returning to the U.S. at age 18.