Prosecutors said Omer Abdi Mohamed was accused of organizing small groups of young Somali men to return to their homeland to take up arms for the Islamist terror group al-Shabaab, the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press reported.
Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis pronounced the sentence on Tuesday, three-and-a-half years after Mohammed was charged and almost two years after he pleaded guilty.
Mohamed's attorney Peter Wold had denied the defendant was a recruiter or organizer for al-Shabaab. The group has been battling Somalia's nascent government.
Mohammed was among four people Davis sent to prison in a continuing series of sentencings stemming from Operation Rhino, the FBI's investigation into the exodus of young men from the Twin Cities to fight for al-Shabaab.