- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Libyan man who as a lookout for the Islamist militants who stormed the U.S. embassy in Benghazi in 2012 was sentenced to 19 and 1/2 years in a federal prison Thursday.

Mustafa al-Iman, 47, was convicted last year of conspiring to support the militia that carried out the attacks killing four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.

The jury deadlocked on 15 other counts, including murder charges stemming from the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

“Today’s sentence demonstrates the United States’ continuing commitment to pursue justice against those who commit terrorist acts against the United States no matter how far we must go or how long it takes. Mustafa al-Imam played an important role in the terrorist attack that destroyed the U.S. Mission and the CIA Annex in Benghazi,” said U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District of Columbia.

Al-Iman is the second person convicted in the attacks. Ahmed Abu Khattala The head of the militia that carried out the rampage was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2017.

Federal prosecutors had pushed for Al-Iman to serve the maximum 35-year sentence, but his defense team sought just over three years.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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