Government report: Most ISIS suspects get 15-year max sentence

- In advance of the sentencing of 9 Minnesota men accused of attempted to join ISIS in Syria, federal prosecutors have written a report that shows most ISIS-related terrorism defendants in the U.S. have received maximum sentences of 15 years in prison.

In court documents filed Friday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota says it received a list of all terror-traveler cases within the past two years. The oldest sentence in the report is of defendant Sinh Nguyen, who was sentenced in Los Angeles in June 2014, and the most recent sentencing was Jaelyn Delshaun Young in Mississippi on Aug. 11, 2016.

The U.S. Attorney’s report found 8 of the 13 defendants who have already been sentenced received the maximum 15 years in prison, and in some cases more time if they were guilty of multiple counts.

The report could be good news for some of Minnesota’s more cooperative ISIS suspects. Shannon Conley was sentenced Conley to 5 years in federal prison in January 2015 for attempting to join ISIS in Syria. According to court documents, Conley met an ISIS recruiter online and joined a U.S. Army-sponsored Explorer scout group and took firearms training in an effort to prepare for combat. FBI agents to talk Conley out of trying to travel to Syria, but she was not persuaded and was eventually arrested at the Denver airport as she tried to board a flight to Turkey. In Conley’s case, the government recommended a sentence below 5 years because of Conley’s cooperation.

While there are no sentencing dates set for Minnesota’s ISIS suspects, a clerk for Judge Michael Davis has told Fox 9 they will likely be sentenced in late fall or early winter, and the sentencings will be held back-to-back over several days. Three of the Minnesota men face a possible life sentence because they also were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder abroad. US ATTORNEY: What's next for Minnesota after ISIS trial

Status of Minnesota’s 10 ISIS suspects

Zacharia Abdurahman – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Hamza Ahmed – guilty plea in April 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdirahman Daud – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Adnan Farah – guilty plea in April 2016, awaiting sentencing
Mohamed Farah – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Hanad Musse – guilty plea in Sept. 2015, awaiting sentencing
Abdi Nur – at-large, believed to be with ISIS in Syria
Guled Omar – convicted in federal court in June 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdirizak Warsame – guilty plea in Feb. 2016, awaiting sentencing
Abdullahi Yusuf – guilty plea in Feb. 2015, awaiting sentencing

ISIS suspects sentenced in the past 2 years

Sinh Nguyen, California
156 months (June 30, 2014)

Gufran Mohammed, Florida
Dec. 17, 2014 (180 months)

Shelton Bell, Florida
Jan. 14, 2015 (240 months)

Shannon Conley, Colorado
Jan. 23, 2015 (48 months)

Sohiel Kabir, California
Feb. 23, 2015 (300 months)
*not an ISIS case

Ralph DeLeon, California
Feb. 23, 2015 (300 months)
*not an ISIS case

Donald Morgan, North Carolina
May 13, 2015 (243 months)

Michael Wolfe, Texas
June 5, 2015 (82 months)

Leon Davis, Georgia
July 28, 2015 (180 months)

Mohammed Hussain Said, Florida
Aug. 28, 2015 (180 months)

Mufid Elfgeeh, New York
March 17, 2016 (270 months)

Alaa Saadeh, New Jersey
May 10, 2016 (180 months)

Nicholas Teausant (California)
June 7, 2016 (144 months)

Adam Dandach, California
July 25, 2016 (180 months)

Jaelyn Delshaun Young, Mississippi
Aug. 11, 2016 (144 months)

Judge Davis has ordered the government to update this report until the Minnesota defendants have been sentenced.

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