1:12 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Life Sentence Upheld for Iraqi Arrested in Bowling Green on Terrorism Charges

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi (left) Waad Ramadan Alwan were arrested in Bowling Green on terrorism charges.

A federal appeals court has upheld the life sentence of an Iraqi man who was arrested in Bowling Green and pleaded guilty to conspiring to send cash and weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decided there wasn't any government misconduct in the case of 26-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi.  Judge Karen Nelson Moore concluded that the government presented Hammadi with an opportunity to commit a crime and he took it.

A co-defendant, 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year sentence.

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty to conspiring to ship machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq. Prosecutors said the two were working with an informant.  

Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green. Hammadi is in a maximum-security prison in Colorado.