Wisconsin: Men convert to Islam, try to join the Islamic State, one gets 5 1/2 years after prosecutors asked for 20

The light sentence is bad enough in itself, but what will be done while Yosvany Padilla-Conde is in prison to disabuse him of his jihadist sentiments? Absolutely nothing; any such action would be “Islamophobic.” Instead, it is far more likely that his jihadi beliefs will be reinforced, and he will come out of prison more of a determined and hardened jihadi than he is now.

“Second man sentenced in plot to join Islamic State,” by Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

Federal prosecutors couldn’t get a 20-year sentence for a man who really wanted to join the Islamic State, but that didn’t stop them from seeking the same sanction for the man’s less-culpable follower.

Again, the judge imposed a far less severe sentence — five and a half years.

Yosvany Padilla-Conde, 32, pleaded guilty in April to helping Jason Ludke travel to Texas in 2016, with plans to then enter Mexico and ultimately go to Syria. Their journey was at the direction of FBI agents posing online as IS recruiters, who arrested the pair near San Angelo.

Padilla-Conde made videos in which he swore allegiance to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and said he planned to travel to the Middle East….

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Taibleson told U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman that foreign travelers are still essential personnel to ISIS campaigns of rape and slaughter. “It’s not theater,” Taibleson said.

Taibleson noted that Padilla-Conde disappeared without telling the mother of his child, slept in the car on the way to Texas and made videos pledging his allegiance to ISIS.

He requested a sentence of almost 20 years, but noted that Ludke was sentenced to seven years, “if not the shortest, then one of the shortest sentences ever imposed by any federal court on a non-cooperator defendant” convicted of violating the material support for foreign terrorist groups law.

Defense attorney Craig Powell recommended a sentence of 33 months — the time that Padilla-Conde has already spent in jail awaiting the resolution of his case. He said his client had had an abusive early life after coming from Cuba in the wake of his father’s murder, living in several states, then foster care and developing mental health issues….

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