California man who tried to aid al-Qaida faces sentence

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Updated: 6/30 2:03 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California man who used Facebook to connect with al-Qaida and planned to train its fighters in Pakistan is facing sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in December to attempting to assist a known terrorist organization. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he appears Monday before U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter.

Last year, Nguyen met several times with a man he thought was an al-Qaida recruiter but was actually working for the FBI.

Court documents say Nguyen told the recruiter he felt he was born to wage jihad and agreed to travel to Pakistan via Mexico in order to train al-Qaida fighters.

He was arrested at a California bus terminal while waiting for a bus to Mexico.

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