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Mehanna to serve 17 1/2-year sentence

Sudbury man says he acted in defense of oppressed Muslims

Supporters of convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury protested outside John Joseph Moakley Courthouse Thursday, where Mehanna was sentenced. Though he faced a life term under federal sentencing guidelines, he received 17 ½ years. Supporters of convicted terrorist Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury protested outside John Joseph Moakley Courthouse Thursday, where Mehanna was sentenced. Though he faced a life term under federal sentencing guidelines, he received 17 ½ years. (JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF)
By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / April 13, 2012
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Tarek Mehanna, a young Boston-area man who traveled to Yemen in search of terrorist training in 2004 and later used the Internet to spread Al Qaeda’s message, was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 17 1/2 years in prison, after delivering a defiant speech proclaiming his love of Islam and his anger at the United States. Mehanna, a 29-year-old pharmacy college graduate from comfortable suburban Sudbury, was sentenced by US District Judge George A. O’Toole. “I am frankly concerned by the defendant’s apparent absence of remorse,’’ O’Toole said. O’Toole said Mehanna had a “strong and magnetic personality’’ but there was also something “horrifying’’ about him.

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