UPDATED 9:35 AM PT — Tuesday, May 7, 2019
An Illinois man has been sentenced after a 2012 incident in which he attempted to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar as a form of jihad.
Chicago Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman announced the 16-year sentence Monday for Adel Daoud, followed by 45-years of supervised release. The 25-year old was arrested by the FBI back in 2012 after an undercover agent supplied him with a phony car bomb, which the agent told him would kill hundreds of people. After the bomb failed to detonate, Daoud was taken into custody and charged for attempting to commit an act of terror.
The resulting sentence comes as a major upset for Chicago prosecutors, who asked the judge for 40-years behind bars after Daoud attempted to have the FBI agent who arrested him killed. He also attacked a fellow inmate with a shiv.
“U.S. Attorney’s office – we’d asked for a sentence of 40-years, the sentence the defendant received was only 16. So, we are disappointed in the sentence. It is notable, though, that the defendant also received 45-years of supervised release, which will have very stringent conditions and that is significant.”
— John Lausch, U.S. attorney – Chicago
However, the judge tried to justify her decision by placing emphasis on Daoud’s mental health history. He was sent to a medical facility back in 2016, where he was diagnosed with having schizophrenia.
Chicago prosecutors said Daoud was capable of understanding exactly what he was doing, and his attempted act of terrorism was not an isolated incident.
“So this is an individual who had a pattern,” stated FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Sallet. “This was not isolated to the initial conduct and obviously, anybody who is threatening or is taking any action against our folks, we take extremely seriously.”
Daoud could be released from prison in as early as seven-years due to the amount of time he served while awaiting trial.