Appeals court weighing case of imprisoned Iraqi

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal appeals court is weighing the case of an Iraqi man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to terrorism charges.

Judges from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard arguments Tuesday in the case of 25-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, who claims his prison sentence should be reduced. Prosecutors opposed any reduction.

A co-defendant, 32-year-old Waad Ramadan Alwan, received a 40-year sentence in January.

Hammadi and Alwan pleaded guilty in 2011 and 2012 to conspiring to ship thousands in cash, machine guns, rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles to al-Qaida in Iraq in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors said the two were working with an informant.

Both were arrested in May 2011 in Bowling Green after a sting operation.

Hammadi is in a maximum-security prison in Colorado.

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