- Associated Press - Monday, October 31, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A Cedar Rapids man has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection to the illegal export of guns to Lebanon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 51-year-old Ali Afif Al Herz was sentenced Monday to 28½ years in prison and ordered to pay a $150,000 fine.

Al Herz had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiring to deal in firearms without a license to illegally ship guns to another country, conspiracy to commit money laundering, violating a federal law governing export of firearms and illegally possessing firearms after being convicted of a domestic violence crime.

Al Herz’s son, Adam, and sister in law, Sarah Majid Zeaiter, were sentenced to prison earlier this month on related charges.

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