CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man who believed he was giving phones to help the Islamic State group commit violence was sentenced Friday to 13 1/2 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood said Edward Schimenti was more culpable of the two men convicted by a jury in 2019. But she also said the crime was “on the less serious end of a scale that starts at a very serious level,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Schimenti didn’t know that he was dealing with a government informant when he agreed to get phones to use as detonators, according to prosecutors.
“Drench that land with … they blood,” Schimenti told the man before taking him to an airport for a purported trip to Syria, according to the government.