Syrian man sentenced to 17+ years for 2019 plan to blow up Pittsburgh Church

In this Sept. 16, 2014, photo, a prisoner stands in an isolation cell in the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wis. Inmates with serious mental illnesses are much more likely than others to break jail rules and to stay jailed longer than other inmates, increasing the chances of weeks or months in isolation that risks inflicting additional psychological damage. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
In this Sept. 16, 2014, photo, a prisoner stands in an isolation cell in the Dane County Jail in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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UPDATED 4:57 PM PT – Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Syrian man is sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for plotting to blow up a Pennsylvania church in the name of ISIS.

24-year-old Mustafa Mousab Alowemer was handed a 208-month sentence this week after pleading guilty in September 2021 to providing material support to ISIS by attacking a church in Pittsburgh.

Court documents revealed that Alowemer plotted to bomb a church on the city’s northside by using an explosive device. However, it was thwarted after he shared instructional documents with an undercover FBI agent.

The 24-year-old was reportedly born in Syria in 1998 and came to the United States in 2016 as a refugee. He graduated from Pittsburgh High School.

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