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Threatened the creators of South Park...gets 25 yeas sentenance, thoughts?

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A college dropout and Muslim convert who threatened the creators of the "South Park" cartoon series and then tried to join an al-Qaida-linked terror group in Somalia was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison.

Zachary A. Chesser, 21, of Bristow, Va., pleaded guilty last year to supporting the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia and posting online threats against the "South Park" creators for an episode that he perceived as insulting to the prophet Muhammad.

The 25-year sentence was halfway between the 20-year term sought by the defense and the 30-year maximum sentence sought by prosecutors.

Chesser achieved notoriety on the Internet under the name Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee when he warned the creators of "South Park" that they risked death for mocking Islam. His online propaganda included urgings to leave suspicious packages in public to desensitize authorities to a real bomb threat and instructions on raising children who would grow up to be al-Qaida members.

Later, he tried twice to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab. The first time, he planned to travel with his wife but was thwarted when his mother-in-law hid his wife's passport. The second time, he took his infant son to the airport with him as cover, thinking that a person traveling with

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:34 AM on Feb. 25, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:35 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • Sounds like the Court did their job.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:40 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • oh snap
    we had a judge for that

    Answer by jewjewbee at 10:42 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • That's why you don't threaten people. Or support terrorist groups. lol.

    Answer by -AJ at 10:42 AM on Feb. 25, 2011


    That's why you don't threaten people. Or support terrorist groups. lol.

    He seems like a NUTZO!! lol


    reading the whole story....I dont think theres anything he didnt dabble in


    I dont know if there is a cure for that! lol


    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:49 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • sounds about right.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:50 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • i'm failry sure 'southpark' has offended every single race, ethnic group, religion, celebrity.... but that doesn't give them the right to threaten.

    love that show, it's funny (disgusting, but funny)!

    Answer by boobarandbell at 10:51 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • Sounds good to me.

    Answer by SuperChicken at 11:31 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • Oh good.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:48 AM on Feb. 25, 2011

  • Honestly the fact that he will get out and possibly do the same again is a little disconcerting. Are we to believe he's going to improve while incarcerated? Maybe it's the skeptic in me.

    Answer by sopranomommy at 12:16 PM on Feb. 25, 2011

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