United States v. Mirza (S.D. Tex. Oct. 22, 2010)

* United States v. Mirza (S.D. Tex. Oct. 22, 2010) (15 year sentence following jury conviction for unlawful firearm possession and conspiracy to provide material support to the Taliban)

HOUSTON – A Pakistani national who entered the United States on a student visa has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole for unlawfully possessing firearms and conspiring to provide material support to the Taliban, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas José Angel Moreno and FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard C. Powers announced today.

Adnan Mirza, 33, convicted in May 2010 following a jury trial of all nine counts charged, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein to a total of 180 months in prison without parole. Mirza has also been fined $1,000 for each of the nine counts of conviction for a total of $9,000.

As a foreign national who had entered the United States on a student visa to attend a local community college in 2005 and 2006, Mirza is not permitted by federal law to possess firearms while in the United States. An FBI undercover investigation resulted in proof that Mirza and others intended to send funds to the Taliban and had engaged in weekend camping/training and practice sessions with firearms to prepare for “jihad” on six different occasions beginning in May 2006 at a location on the north side of Houston. …

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