MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A Minneapolis man accused of threatening to kill a federal judge and FBI agents accepted a plea deal Tuesday morning to avoid a trial. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Khaalid Abdulkadir posted the threats on Twitter in December after his friend was arrested on ISIS-related terrorism charges.
Abdulkadir entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a lesser misdemeanor charge of impeding a federal officer or employee. He was sentenced to three years of probation and two years of electronic monitoring.
“By his own admission in court today, Mr. Abdulkadir threatened to kill a federal judge and law enforcement officers,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger. “The three years of probation he will begin serving today is a strong reminder that threatening federal officials with violence is not a legitimate means of voicing dissent, but will be prosecuted forcefully by my office.”
Abdulkadir apologized in court and took responsibility for his actions. He was in school to become a nurse at the time of his arrest and plans to resume his education.