Uzbek refugee who plotted to kill on Fourth of July or at military base gets 25 years

BOISE, Idaho -- An Uzbek refugee authorities say had an unwavering commitment to kill personnel at a military base or civilians at crowded Fourth of July celebrations in downtown Boise, Idaho, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Fazliddin Kurbanov received the sentence Thursday and a $250,000 fine.

A federal jury in August convicted Kurbanov of conspiracy, attempting to support a terrorist organization and possession of bomb-making components.

Prosecutors say the 33-year-old Russian-speaking truck driver who fled Uzbekistan in 2009 downloaded jihadist and martyrdom videos from a terrorist website.

Authorities monitored his communications and arrested him in 2013

Kurbanov maintained his innocence and told the court he wasn't a terrorist.

But U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge in handing down the sentence said Kurbanov planned to commit jihad against the United States.



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