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Washington state teen’s cold case murder cracked after nearly three decades

The cold case rape and murder of a popular Washington state teenager has finally been solved after nearly three decades, authorities said.

Sara Yarborough, 16, was supposed to board a bus with her Federal Way High School drill team in December 1991. She never did.

Teens found her body after they saw a man emerge from bushes behind the high school. She had been strangled with her own nylons, according to reports.

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Patrick Nicholas, 55, was arrested Thursday in the cold case rape and murder of 16-year-old Sara Yarborough in Washington state nearly three decades ago.  (Kings County Sheriff’s Office)

CALIFORNIA COLD-CASE VICTIM FOUND IN 1996 NOW HAS A ‘FACE’ THANKS TO RECONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Authorities now say Patrick Nicholas, 55, was linked to the crime after cops tested a discarded cigarette butt outside a dry-cleaning business in Kent on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported. DNA from the butt matched evidence recovered from Yarborough’s body.

A forensic genealogist identified Nicholas as a potential suspect after uploading the crime scene DNA to a genealogy website to create a family tree.

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Laura Yarborough told a news conference on Thursday that detectives never gave up trying to solve her daughter’s murder, even when she had given up at times.<br><br> (Kings County Sheriff’s Office)

“Few things are more satisfying in law enforcement than being able to tell a victim’s family that a suspect has been caught,” King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht said Thursday in announcing Nicholas’ arrest for Sara’s murder, according to Q13 Fox. “Last night, deputies were able to tell Sarah Yarborough’s family that.”

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“They had never given up,” said Laura Yarborough, Sara’s mother, according to the station. “Even when I had given up, they didn’t. I guess it’s a warning, if you do something heinous here, they’ll come to get you.”

She said she wondered if her daughter’s killer was still alive.

“But the detectives were extremely dogged and kept going even when I was ready to throw in the towel,” she said.

The case went cold even with witnesses, 4,000 tips and the killer’s DNA profile.

Last year a Virginia lab used DNA from the crime scene to create composite sketches of Sara’s killer as an older person.

According to the Times, Nicholas was released from prison in an attempted rape case four years before Sara’s murder and was arrested in a 1994 child molestation case that resulted in an assault conviction.

A prosecutor said in court papers that for the past several years Nicholas had been living in a dilapidated building on a large piece of property with few community ties, according to the paper.

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The prosecutor was quoted as saying that Nicholas’ crime was “one of opportunity and extreme violence.”

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Chicago jury convicts gangbanger who executed 9-year-old in revenge killing

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A Chicago jury on Thursday convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 9-year-old boy who was lured into an alley with the promise of a juice box.

Dwright Boone-Doty and fellow gang member Corey Morgan planned the November 2015 slaying of Tyshawn Lee before Boone-Doty took a gun Morgan gave him and shot the boy, prosecutors said.

The Cook County jury found Boone-Doty guilty on Thursday night. A separate jury deciding Morgan’s fate has been sequestered after not being able to reach a verdict.

2 CHICAGO GANGBANGERS EXECUTED 9-YEAR-OLD IN REVENGE KILLING AGAINST HIS FATHER’S RIVAL GANG: PROSECUTORS

The two alleged members of the Bang Gang/Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones gang were co-defendants but were tried before separate juries as they sought to pin the blame on each other for the child’s slaying, reports said.

Prosecutors said that although Morgan did not wield the gun, he had the motive for murder. He allegedly targeted the 9-year-old because his father, Pierre Stokes, belongs to a rival gang — the Killa Ward faction of the Gangster Disciples.

Morgan blamed that gang for an October 2015 shooting that killed his brother and injured his mother. Morgan’s family also arranged the purchase of the gun that killed Lee, prosecutors added.

Three men drove to a park in the South Side of Chicago in November 2015 where Lee regularly went after school to play, according to prosecutors. He lured him into an alleyway and shot him in the head with a .40-caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

Morgan and Kevin Edwards, who prosecutors claimed was the getaway driver, watched from an SUV parked down the block. Edwards pleaded guilty before the trial to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Morgan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, tried to distance his client from the crime.

“That execution of that 9-year-old boy has to come from one singularly evil person,” Breen told jurors without naming Doty. “Not from a plan. His killer did so of his own volition and for his own reason. Not at the behest or help of Corey Morgan.”

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Prosecutors played a tape of Boone-Doty bragging to another jail inmate that he’d killed the boy. Boone-Doty’s lawyer dismissed the tape, saying that Boone-Doty was lying to the other inmate to make himself look tough. “I’m looking at him. We walking. Bop,” Boone-Doty said on the tape, according to The Washington Post. “Hit the ground. Bop-bop-bop-bop-bop. I’m laughing.” He faces up to life in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Texas judge’s gift of Bible to Amber Guyger draws complaint from atheist group

An atheist group that has counted Ron Reagan Jr. among its members says it was inappropriate for a judge to give a Bible to Amber Guyger, the former Dallas police officer who convicted this week of murdering a neighbor last year.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) – the atheist group for which the 61-year-old son of former President Ronald Reagan has appeared in television ads – filed a formal complaint Thursday with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth reported.

The Wisconsin-based group objected to Judge Tammy Kemp giving one of her Bibles to Guyger after the former officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for the shooting death of Botham Jean, a 26-year-old accountant.

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“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” Kemp said to a tearful Guyger, handing the Bible to her before the convicted former officer left the courtroom. “You start with this.”

Kemp also hugged Guyger – as did a brother of the murder victim, in actions that some observers said showed compassion for the newly convicted defendant.

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State District Judge Tammy Kemp gives former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger a hug before Guyger leaves for jail, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

But in a letter Thursday to the Texas commission, the atheist group objected to what it termed the judge’s “proselytizing actions,” saying they “overstepped judicial authority,” and were “inappropriate” and “unconstitutional.”

“It is perfectly acceptable for private citizens to express their religious beliefs in court,” the letter states later, “but the rules are different for those acting in a governmental role.”

In a separate Twitter message, FFRF attorney Andrew L. Seidel further explained the group’s position.

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system,” Seidel wrote, “but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

“We need more compassion in our criminal justice system, but here, compassion crossed the line into coercion. Judges cannot impose their personal religion on others.”

— Andrew L. Seidel, attorney, Freedom from Religion Foundation

Seidel is the author of “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American.”

Neither the group nor Seidel appeared to demand punishment for the judge. Their messages seemed aimed only at drawing attention to a “possible violation” of rules of judicial conduct.

However, another group – the Texas-based First Liberty Institute, which supports religious freedom – came to the judge’s defense.

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions,” said Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute. “We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

“We should all be thankful the law allows Judge Kemp’s actions. We stand with her and will gladly lead the charge in defending her noble and legal actions.”

— Hiram Sasser, legal counsel for the First Liberty Institute

Guyger claimed she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, one floor above hers, thinking it was her own home, and shot Jean because she believed he was an intruder in her apartment.

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But on Tuesday, a jury decided that Guyger, 31, was guilty of murder. Guyger had been a member of the Dallas force for nearly five years.

Also on Thursday, the atheist group posted a Twitter message objecting to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s support of “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” saying the Republican governor’s stand was “narrow-minded and totally inappropriate.”

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Texas man who secretly filmed foreign exchange students get 30 years: report

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A Texas man was sentenced on Thursday to 30 years in federal prison for child exploitation violations while he acted as a host to foreign exchange students.

Joseph Patrick Mosher, 50, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sexually exploiting children.

Authorities told the court that a teen who knew Mosher altered school officials in 2018 that he believed he was being secretly filmed while using his bathroom, CBS DFW reported. The Carrollton Police Department seized the cameras from his home while executing a search warrant. There were a total of five believed victims,  the report said.

“This case is another warning to parents to be aware of who their children are communicating with, and to be careful about who they allow to be around their children,” said U.S. Attorney Joe Brown. “There are threats from so many different directions these days, and the internet makes it so much easier for offenders. We have to get the message to our kids to be aware of these threats.”

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Reports said that besides the prison sentence, he needs to pay a $50,000 fine and forfeit $50,000 from the sale of his home.

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This Day in History: Oct. 4

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On this day, Oct. 4 …

2002: “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh receives a 20-year sentence after a sobbing plea for forgiveness before a federal judge in Alexandria, Va. In a federal court in Boston, a laughing Richard Reid pleads guilty to trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight with explosives in his shoes (the British citizen was later sentenced to life in prison).

Also on this day:

  • 1777: Gen. George Washington’s troops launch an assault on the British at Germantown, Pa., resulting in heavy American casualties.
  • 1861: During the Civil War, the U.S. Navy authorizes construction of the first ironclad ship, the USS Monitor.
  • 1940: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini confer at Brenner Pass in the Alps.
  • 1951: The MGM movie musical “An American in Paris,” starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, has its U.S. premiere in New York City.
  • 1957: The Space Age begins as the Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, into orbit. A Soviet technician works on Sputnik 1 before the satellite’s Oct. 4, 1957, launch. (NASA)  
  • 1970: Rock singer Janis Joplin, 27, is found dead in her Hollywood hotel room.
  • 1989: Triple Crown-winning racehorse Secretariat, suffering a hoof ailment, is humanely destroyed at age 19.
  • 1990: After six decades apart, lawmakers gather in the Reichstag for the first meeting of reunified Germany’s parliament.
  • 1991: The U.S. and 25 other nations sign the Madrid Protocol, which imposes a 50-year ban on oil exploration and mining in Antarctica.
  • 2003: A Palestinian woman blows herself up inside a restaurant in Haifa, Israel, killing 21 bystanders.
  • 2009: Greek socialists trounce the governing conservatives in a landslide election; Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, 74, dies in Buenos Aires.
  • 2004: The SpaceShipOne rocket plane breaks through Earth’s atmosphere to the edge of space for the second time in five days, capturing the $10 million Ansari X prize aimed at opening the final frontier to tourists; Pioneering astronaut Gordon Cooper dies in Ventura, Calif., at age 77.
  • 2014: North Korea’s presumptive No. 2 leader, Hwang Pyong So, and other members of Pyongyang’s inner circle meet with South Korean officials in the rivals’ highest level face-to-face talks in five years. Former Haitian “president for life” Jean-Claude Duvalier, 63, dies in Port-au-Prince. Paul Revere, 76, organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, dies in Garden Vallley, Idaho.
  • 2017: President Trump visits hospital bedsides and a police base in Las Vegas in the aftermath of a shooting rampage in the city three nights earlier that left 58 people dead. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk with surgeon Dr. John Fildes at the University Medical Center after meeting with victims of the mass shooting Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)  
  • 2018: The Senate Judiciary Committee says it has received an FBI report on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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Search for pregnant postal worker in Illinois continues one year after she disappeared

Wednesday marked one year since a pregnant Illinois postal worker was last seen. On Thursday police told reporters the case “is still an active missing persons investigation.”

Kierra Coles, the Chicago woman who was 26 when she vanished, was three months pregnant when she was last seen on Oct. 2, 2018, walking around outside her South Side apartment. That same day, she called out sick.

The U.S. Postal Service letter carrier was due to give birth on April 23.

Her family members have said they believe she’s still alive.

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Wednesday marked one year since a pregnant postal worker, Kierra Coles, was last seen. (Chicago Police Department)

Surveillance video showed Coles wearing her uniform and walking up and down a street the morning she vanished, according to WBBM-TV.

Following the disappearance, Coles’ purse and cellphone were found in her car, which was reportedly parked on her block.

Chicago police have been working with the postal Inspection service to find Coles, but new information has not been released. Last October police said they suspected “possible foul play.”

“It’s frustrating for everyone that’s involved because our federal agencies, we’re all working together and trying to get any information that we can to locate Kierra,” Chicago Police Lt. Senora Ben told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

Ben added that someone must know something and said police are urging anyone with information to come forward.

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Kierra Coles is described as being 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds, with a “Lucky Libra” tattoo on her back and one of a heart on her hand. (Chicago Police Department)

POLICE SUSPECT ‘FOUL PLAY’ IN DISAPPEARANCE OF KIERRA COLES

Coles’ family and the U.S. Postal Service have offered more than $46,000 in reward money for information leading to her whereabouts, WBBM-TV reported.

“It’s a struggle to wake up every day not knowing where your child is,” her mother, Karen Phillips, said in August. “We have hope. We know Kierra is coming home, we are going to bring her home. We are not going to stop until she is home.”

Coles is described as being 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds, with a “Lucky Libra” tattoo on her back and one of a heart on her hand.

Anyone with information about Coles is urged to call the Chicago Police Department at 312-747-8274 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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California man who fatally shot mountain lion gets 30 days in jail, 240 hours of community service

The Southern California man charged with shooting and killing a protected mountain lion this summer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and was ordered to serve 240 hours of community service in an animal shelter after pleading guilty, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Alfredo Gonzalez, 60, of Simi Valley, Calif., will have to serve the community service at a Los Angeles County animal shelter, Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold in Ventura County told Fox News.

Gonzalez will have to pay restitution that will include the cost for the collar he removed, which will be more than $2,300, Wold confirmed.

CALIFORNIA MAN CHARGED WITH FATALLY SHOOTING PROTECTED MOUNTAIN LION

Gonzalez was also placed on three years of probation and the rifle he used to shoot the mountain lion was declared a nuisance by the court and ordered to be destroyed, according to the District Attorney’s office.

“The weapon that was used was also ordered destroyed and that means it will never be used again to kill another animal,” Wold told Fox News.

Gonzalez admitted to shooting the collared mountain lion known as P-38 in the head after National Park Service biologists discovered the lion’s body in the Simi Valley area.

“The National Park Service got a mortality signal from the collar indicating that the lion was dead and they eventually went out to the location where the signal stopped and recovered the collar and discovered that it had been cut,” Wold told Fox News last month. “That’s when the Department of Fish and Wildlife started their investigation and after they located the mountain lion, they contacted our office.”

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The Southern California man charged with shooting and killing protected mountain lion P-38 (pictured here) this summer has been sentenced. (National Park Service)

The male lion was born in 2012 and was collared four years ago, she said, adding that he mainly roamed areas of the Santa Susana Mountains and the Santa Monica Mountains.

It is illegal to kill a mountain lion in California without a permit, but there are some exceptions. Wold said mountain lions are on the verge of becoming endangered in California.

Gonzalez had been charged with two misdemeanor counts, one for the unlawful taking of a protected mammal and one for vandalism of National Park Service property over the cutting of the lion’s collar, which Wold said was “very sophisticated” and is worth more than $2,300. The collar maintained data on the mountain lion.

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Gonzalez’ attorney, Shanit Frydman, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

He is expected to begin his jail sentence on October 25, followed by 30 days of work release and then 240 hours of community service.

“Because the defendant took early responsibility for his actions and has no prior criminal history I think it [the sentence] is fair and reasonable on the part of the court,” Wold said. “I think that this particular case is a great deterrent that will send a message to anyone who would want to kill a protected mountain lion.”

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Child rape suspect wanted for more than 10 years is nabbed in Mexico

A fugitive who was on America’s Most Wanted list for more than 10 years – and had escaped custody twice – over kidnapping and rape allegations involving a Detroit girl was caught in Mexico this week, authorities said Thursday.

Corey Deshawn Gaston, 41, had eluded authorities for over a decade as a manhunt crisscrossed from Michigan to San Diego to Alabama, the Detroit Free Press reported. He is accused of being the stranger who on June 27, 2007, kidnapped a 10-year-old girl from her home in Detroit and raped her in a nearby field.

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Corey Deshawn Gaston has been wanted by U.S. Marshals since 2008. (U.S. Marshals Service)

Gaston was arrested after his cellphone and DNA were found at the scene. He was released from custody after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond, then fled the state. U.S. marshals apprehended him in Georgia days later and brought him back to Michigan. Despite prosecutors’ wishes, he was released again on bond, though, and again left.

Federal authorities were alerted by their Mexican counterparts last month that they had arrested Gaston, the U.S. marshal for the eastern district of Michigan said in a press release.

“It brings great satisfaction when we make an arrest like this,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “Corey Gaston’s alleged horrific crimes earned him a spot on our 15 Most Wanted list. From that point forward, he was put on notice that we would never stop looking for him.

“We made good on that promise.”

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U.S. Marshal Aaron Garcia said Gaston has been uncooperative and has denied being the rape suspect.

“The fingerprints and photos we have prover otherwise,” Abdullah said. “We have the right person.”

Gaston arrived in the U.S. Thursday morning, Garcia said. He is now in Chicago, waiting to be extradited to Detroit, a process that could take up to a month.

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He is facing multiple charges including first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child under 13, kidnapping, home invasion and child endangerment.

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Chinese woman caught at Mar-a-Lago with malware was apparently asked to target Clintons: docs

A Chinese businesswoman who was convicted of trespassing at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier this year had been urged by her handler to target other famous figures including the Clintons and billionaire businessman Warren Buffett, court documents say.

Yujing Zhang, 33, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 22, was caught by Secret Service agents with troves of technology embedded with malware and thousands of dollars in cash after she claimed that she was at Trump’s prestigious club to attend a “United Nations friendship event” that had apparently been canceled. Her bizarre behavior and backstory led to suspicions that she was a Chinese government spy, but she was not charged with espionage or related crimes.

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Zhang apparently purchased a $20,000 travel package from Li Weitian, also known as Charles Lee, who advertised tickets on the Chinese social media site WeChat promising access to events across the U.S. to meet prominent political and business figures.

Lee ran the United Nations Chinese Friendship Association, which is not affiliated with the U.N., and was photographed at least twice with Cindy Yang, a Republican donor and former Florida massage parlor owner who organized events at Mar-a-Lago.

Upon learning that the event at Mar-a-Lago had been canceled, Lee tried to convince Zhang to attend another event on Wall Street in New York City, text messages between the pair released by the South Florida court Thursday revealed. Bill and HIllary Clinton were scheduled to be there.

“Regarding the event at the Trump’s estate, it’s been put on hold for now. We can forget about it. We have two other activities now. I sent them to you already,” Lee texted Zhang on March 26, four days before she was arrested on the Trump property.

At the time of her arrest, Zhang told federal agents that she did not know that the event had been canceled, a claim contradicted by her messages.

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Lee urged Zhang to go to “Clinton’s event, Clinton and his wife Hillary,” he said, offering her a ticket for $60,000. “There are politicians and the finance people that you talked about wanting to meet in this event. You can meet with these two famous people in one setting. Hillary was the former Secretary of State, equivalent to the Prime Minister. That is very extraordinary. Er… you can stand in between them and have a photo taken.”

In the same message, Lee also says, “You can also go to Buffett’s event which is particularly for investment and finance,” referring to business mogul Warren Buffett.

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Lee also explained to her why the previously scheduled Trump event was allegedly canceled.

“Regarding the Trump’s event, this is what happened. It’s because the Democratic Party has all along been fighting with the Republican Party. He is from the Republican Party. They accused Trump of colluding with Russia. Recently the investigation said Trump did not. He’s not guilty. The media is controlled by the Republic Party– eh, the Democratic Party. That’s why they are in trouble. Trump takes the revenge. So they now join together and attack Trump. … In order to minimize the nonsense, they canceled his events for the time being.”

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In subsequent messages, Zhang asked Lee for her money back after hearing of the cancellation but ended up traveling from Shanghai to Florida anyway. Her motives for going to the property and lying to Secret Service agents at Mar-a-Lago remain unclear.

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Saudi man sentenced to 12 years for hiding attendance at Al Qaeda training camp

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A former Oklahoma resident was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for visa fraud and concealment of his attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp, authorities said Thursday.

Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, a Saudi Arabian citizen, was arrested on February 2018 based on a criminal complaint in Oklahoma alleging he’d lied to the FBI and attended terror training sites in Afghanistan.

“The U.S. government identified the defendant after finding his fingerprints on an application to join Al Qaeda that the U.S. military had gathered from the battlefields of Afghanistan,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the National Security Division said in a Justice Department statement.

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Alfallaj pleaded guilty to possessing a visa obtained by fraud from March 2012 to 2018 and making false statements to the FBI.

Federal prosecutors said he came to the U.S. in 2011 on a nonimmigrant visa based on his wife’s foreign student status. He allegedly lied on his visa application about whether he supports terrorists or terror groups.

The FBI said it found 15 of Alfallaj’s fingerprints on an application to an Al Qaeda training site in Afghanistan leading up to the 9/11 attacks. American forces found the document in an Afghan safe house. It included an emergency phone number associated with Alfallaj’s father in Saudi Arabia.

“We were able to match those fingerprints with fingerprints taken for his U.S. visa application and to determine that he had made false statements in that application in order to conceal his attendance at an Al Qaeda training camp in 2000,” Demers said.

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“He also admitted he falsely told federal agents during the December 2017 interview that he had never visited Afghanistan or participated in religious, tactical, or military training outside Saudi Arabia, and otherwise affirmed falsely that all of the answers on his nonimmigrant visa application were true and correct,” the news release states.

In 2013, Alfallaj inquired in an online forum about fighting in Afghanistan or Chechnya, prosecutors said.

He will be deported once he completes his prison sentence.

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