Iraqi Convicted of Terrorist Plot in Bowling Green Will Remain

Dec 14, 2016

Credit Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, via WKYU-FM

A refugee from Iraq and former Bowling Green resident convicted of terror-related offenses will stay in jail.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports 29-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi asked to have his life sentence vacated, claiming his court-appointed lawyer, James Earhart, did not represent him effectively. A federal judge ruled Hammadi's request should be dismissed.

Hammadi has been in jail since 2011 on charges that he attempted to provide money and weapons to terrorists in Iraq while he was living in Bowling Green.

He pleaded guilty in 2012 in U.S. District Court to all charges in a 12-count indictment, including conspiring to export surface-to-air missile launcher systems.

A co-defendant, Waad Alwan, pleaded guilty to similar counts and received a 40-year sentence.

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