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OC terror group founder gets 16 years

March 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A former state prison inmate who formed a terror group bent on several attacks in the United States is headed back to prison.Thirty-two-year-old Kevin James was handed a 16-year sentence Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Prosecutors say James and several other inmates formed a terrorist group called JIS while behind bars at Folsom Prison.

Investigators described James, a convicted robber, as a self-styled sheik who used a perverted form of Islam to bring outsiders into a plan to attack Southern California targets. The group allegedly plotted to attack several government installations, including military recruiting stations, and several Israeli and Jewsh facilities, including synagogues and the El Al ticket counter at L.A. International Airport.

Two of James's co-conspirators have already been convicted and given prison sentences in connection with the plot. A fourth man is awaiting trial.


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