Virginia teen gets 11 years sentence for supporting ISIS on Twitter and coaching them about bitcoins
Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year-old Virginia teenager was sentenced to 11 years in prison Friday for running pro Islamic State (ISIL) Twitter account and encouraging a friend to travel to Syria and join the terrorist group. He was charged for assisting ISIL via blog and Twitter posts about encryption and Bitcoin. He stood motionless as the sentence was handed down to him by U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton. Members of Amin’s family had packed out the courtroom to hear him sentenced and they too were silent after the jail term was read.
According to the prosecutors, Amin’s sentencing clearly shows the government’s aggressive stance towards confronting ISIS.
Amin was calm as he read out a statement to the judge which said that he ‘did not expect sympathy’ and was ‘ready to accept any sentence given to him’.
He said: ‘I made my decisions, and I am prepared to bear their fullest consequences.’
Following Friday’s sentencing before US District Judge Claude Hilton in Virginia, assistant Attorney General John Carlin said in a statement said “Ali Shukri