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Man Who Tried To Aid al Qaeda Gets 13 Years in Prison

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Image: Nguyen is shown in this artist's sketch as he makes an initial appearance in United States District Court in Santa Ana
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, in Garden Grove, Calfornia is shown in this artist's sketch as he makes an initial appearance in United States District Court in Santa Ana, California October 11, 2013. Mona Schafer Edwards / Reuters

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A 25-year-old California man has been sentenced to 13 years in federal prison for attempting to aid al-Qaeda. A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles handed down the punishment Monday to Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also ordering 10 years of supervision when he is released.

Prosecutors say Nguyen used Facebook to connect with al Qaeda and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan. Nguyen was arrested last year after several meetings with a man he thought was a recruiter but who was really working for the FBI. His public defender says Nguyen has a personality disorder.

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