The two Iraqi citizens accused of plotting terrorism while living in Bowling Green were sentenced in federal court Tuesday.
The Department of Justice says 25-year old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi was sentenced to life in federal prison and 31-year old Waad Ramadan Alwan was sentenced to 40 years, followed by a life term of supervised release. Both men pled guilty to federal terrorism charges.
The pair was accused of using improvised explosive devices to kill American soldiers in Iraq and of attempting to send weapons from the U.S. back to Iraq to be used against American soldiers.
U.S. District Attorney David Hale says Alwan received a lesser sentence because he cooperated with investigators early and often, providing valuable information.
Undercover agents began corresponding with the men in 2010 after they learned of their bad intentions. They attempted to send a variety of weapons back to Iraq, including sniper rifles, C4 explosives, a dozen hand grenades.
The items, of course, never made it to the Middle East, as they were only part of the investigation.