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

Dec 17, 2013

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.