St. Louis County man gets 8 years for raising money to support terrorists

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to eight years in prison and will be deported for raising money to support terrorists.

A federal judge sentenced 45-year-old Ramiz Zijad Hodzic on Thursday. He pleaded guilty in April to one count each of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists.

Hodzic received money from others, including five co-defendants also named in a 2015 indictment. Some of the money went to Abdullah Ramo Pazara, formerly of St. Louis County, who fought and died for ISIS in Syria.

Three of the co-defendants have already been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years to more than six years. Hodzic’s wife is awaiting sentencing. The fifth suspect pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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