Mehanna gets more than 17 years in jail

Sudbury man says he acted in defense of oppressed Muslims

A defiant Tarek Mehanna was sentenced Thursday to 17 1/2 years in prison for conspiring to kill American soldiers and supporting Al Qaeda, culminating a dramatic terrorism case in which the Sudbury man emphatically professed his devotion to Islam and his anger at America’s support of “unjust policies against its minorities.’’

The 29-year-old Mehanna compared his call for jihad against US soldiers who kill Muslim civilians to America’s Revolutionary War against England. He showed no remorse as he was about to be sentenced in US District Court in Boston, and at one point called a prosecutor a liar.

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