- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A former Bowling Green resident serving a life sentence on terrorism-related charges wants to have his sentence vacated.

The Daily News (https://bit.ly/1Pue501 ) reported that 28-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi testified in federal court Tuesday, arguing that his former attorney, James Earhart, was ineffective.

Hammadi, an Iraqi refugee, said Earhart assured him he would get a lesser sentence if he pleaded guilty to all charges in a 12-count indictment accusing him of attempting to provide resources to al-Qaida in 2011. Hammadi pleaded guilty in 2012 and U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Russell imposed a life sentence in 2013.

Hammadi said a written plea agreement was not entered and contends that Earhart should not have allowed him to plead guilty without a written agreement. He argued that he had little knowledge of the legal process or the English language.

“I asked him if I was going to get life and he said no,” Hammadi said of Earhart, adding that he thought he would get a sentence closer to the mandatory minimum of 25 years.

Earhart said he advised Hammadi the government was going to ask for a life sentence.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl will issue a ruling at a later date.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.bgdailynews.com


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