A prominent Islamic scholar who urged followers to join the Taliban and fight U.S. troops after 9-11 has been sentenced to life in prison.
Prosecutors say Ali al-Timimi had enormous influence among a group of young Muslim men in northern Virginia who played paintball games in 2000 and 2001.
Authorities said they were”Virginia jihad network" training for holy war around the globe.
During today's sentencing hearing in federal court, one prosecutor said al-Timimi "hates the United States" and "deserves every day he gets" behind bars.
Al-Timimi told the judge he wouldn't admit guilt or seek the court's mercy.
His lawyers argued their client merely suggested that Muslims may want to leave the U.S. after 9-11 because of the potential for a backlash against them.