A Kansas man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in prison for helping a would-be jihadist’s unsuccessful plan to plant what they thought was a bomb at Fort Riley Army base.
Alexander Blair, 29, also was sentenced to two years of supervised probation. He was accused of loaning $100 to 21-year-old John T. Booker Jr. to store what they thought was an explosive device. The device was a fake bomb built by FBI informants. Prosecutors allege Booker intended to plant it outside the northeast Kansas base in support of the Islamic State group.
U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree handed down the sentence. Blair’s attorney sought a sentence of five years’ probation, arguing it was easy for Booker to manipulate Blair because Blair has an unusual genetic personality condition. Prosecutors pushed for the maximum five-year prison term.
Blair pleaded guilty in May to a conspiracy charge for loaning the money to Booker, who also is from Topeka.
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