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Terrorism convict Khan sentenced to 8 years

Posted at 12:09 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-05 01:16:45-04

Mahin Khan, an 18-year-old Tucsonan who admitted to formulating a terrorist plot, was sentenced to eight years in prison and lifetime supervised probation Friday.

Authorities say Khan plotted to attack a Mesa MVD office, as well as the Tucson Jewish Community Center. He contacted an undercover FBI employee about building homemade grenades.

Khan pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to Terrorism, Conspiracy to Commit Terrorism and Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct Involving Weapons.

Khan thought the FBI employee was a member of ISIS.

Khan was indicted in July after an investigation by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. 

“Justice was served, we prevented a terrorist attack in Arizona,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a news release. “We have a duty to do everything we can to protect our community from extremist acts. I’d like to thank our partners at the FBI & the JTTF for their diligent work on this case.”