NEW YORK – A Maryland man who authorities say traveled to Somalia and became a fighter for al-Qaida-linked extremist group, has been sentenced in New York to 35 years in prison.
Thirty-three-year-old “‘ Alim Jones was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to federal terrorism.
Prosecutors say Jones trained and supported al-Shabab, an ultra-conservative Islamic militant group. The group aims to run Somalia under a strict interpretation of the Sharia law.
The Baltimore man was handed over to the united states by Somali authorities who arrested him in 2015 as he allegedly tried to get on a boat to travel to Yemen.
Authorities say that Jones is known to fight the Kenyan government soldiers in a battle until he was injured by a rocket. They say he admitted to getting paid $ 100 per month through al-Shabab.