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Bosnian immigrant gets 8 years for supporting terrorists

November 14, 2019 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Bosnian immigrant living in St. Louis County has been sentenced to eight years in prison and will be deported for raising money to support terrorists.

A federal judge sentenced 45-year-old Ramiz Zijad Hodzic on Thursday. He pleaded guilty in April to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.

Prosecutors say Hodzic sent cash and military equipment to third parties in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere from 2013 to 2015.

Hodzic received money from others, including five co-defendants. Some of the money went to Abdullah Ramo Pazara, also of St. Louis County, who died while fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Three co-defendants have been sentenced to prison. Hodzic’s wife is awaiting sentencing. The fifth suspect pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.