Zachary Chesser faces long prison term
A college dropout and Muslim convert who threatened the creators of the "South Park" cartoon series and then tried to join an al Qaida-linked terror group in Somalia is facing a prison term of more than 20 years.
Zachary A. Chesser of Bristow, Va., pleaded guilty last year supporting the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia and posting online threats against the "South Park" creators for an episode that he perceived as insulting to the prophet Muhammad.
Prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence of 30 years. Chesser's lawyers are asking for a 20-year term.
Chesser says he has renounced violence and is sorry for what he did. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.
| February 24, 2011; 7:44 AM ET
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