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Posted at 7:44 AM ET, 02/24/2011

Zachary Chesser faces long prison term

By Associated Press

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.

By Associated Press  | February 24, 2011; 7:44 AM ET
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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.
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Too late, Buddy! Now you can read all the Korans you want behind a Federal prison wall.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 24, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to that idiot Chesser, Comedy Central was too afraid to back Matt and Trey. Now they're probably leaving Comedy Central as a result and the show may be over for good. Threatening someone's life is not a joke. Enjoy prison jerk.

Posted by: futbolclif | February 24, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

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