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Officer convicted on a terrorism trial faces decades in prison

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former transit agency police officer convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State could face dozens of years in prison at his sentencing hearing.

Thirty-eight-year-old Nicholas Young was a patrol officer in the DC region’s Metrorail system. He was known as “Officer Friendly” on the Takoma Park station where he was assigned.

A federal jury convicted Young in December on multiple counts, including attempted material support of a terrorist group.

Young purchased more than $200 in gift cards he believed would be used for the purchase of mobile phone apps that the Islamic State could use to securely communicate. In reality, though, Young Islamic State connection was an FBI informant.

Young argued unsuccessfully at trial that he was embedded. He faces up to 60 years in his sentencing hearing Friday.

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