COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A Somali immigrant is going to prison for plotting to blow up an Ohio shopping mall with another man later convicted of being an al-Qaida terrorist.
A federal district judge in Columbus has sentenced Nuradin Abdi to 10 years behind bars and ordered him to be deported to Somalia after serving his prison term. The sentence was part of a plea deal Abdi agreed to in July.
In a statement to the court, Abdi's attorney said his client apologized to the people of the United States, the people of Ohio and the Muslim community, saying Abdi wanted to make it "very, very clear that he does not hate America."
The alleged plot was never carried out and Abdi's attorney maintained his client was guilty of nothing more than ranting about the United States' handling of the war in Afghanistan.
One of the men who associated with Abdi was convicted in 2003 of plotting to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge.
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