RENO, Nev. – The Latest on the sentencing of a citizen of India who pleaded guilty for conspiring to plot terror strikes in its own country, while living in northern Nevada (all times are local PST):
A 41-year-old native of India has been sentenced to 15 years in an AMERICAN prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy, while living in northern Nevada to plot terror strikes in the country, on the border with Pakistan.
U. S. District Judge Larry Hicks in Reno also ordered Balwinder Singh on Tuesday to continue life under federal supervision.
Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Brian Sullivan says a federal immigration judge will determine whether Singh will be deported after his jail sentence.
Prosecutors say Singh worked with two groups to try to establish an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region. They say that he sought asylum in San Francisco using a false identity to escape to the Indian authorities.
The authorities say the conspiracy was foiled in December 2013.
Lawyer Michael Kennedy, says Singh was tortured by the Indian government officials and never posed a threat to the United States.
A citizen of India that the U.S. asylum and lived in Nevada, is facing up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to plot terror strikes in the country, on the border with Pakistan.
Balwinder Singh’s sentencing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in federal court in Reno.
Prosecutors say he worked with two groups trying to establish an independent Sikh state in the Punjab region.
They say that he sought asylum in San Francisco using a false identity to escape to the Indian authorities when traveling back to his own country.
The government is seeking the maximum penalty of 15 years in prison with the possibly of the life of supervision after his release.
Singh lawyers say he was tortured by the Indian government officials and was never a threat to the US.