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Dayton Man Sentenced For Attempting To Join ISIS

Laith Waleed Alebbini in 2017.

A Dayton man is being sentenced to 15 years in prison and 25 years of supervised release for attempting to join the Islamic State, or ISIS.Laith Waleed Alebbini, 28, was convicted in December 2018 in U.S. District Court on charges of attempting and conspiring to join ISIS.

"Alebbini was prepared to kill soldiers and citizens of the United States, the Kingdom of Jordan and coalition partners fighting against ISIS," says U.S. Attorney Ben Glassman in a statement. "Indeed, Alebbini was prepared to kill any person who did not accept ISIS as the Islamic Caliphate. Prison is the right place for him."

Alebbini was arrested in April 2017 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Authorities said he was planning to fly to Syria and provide himself as an ISIS recruit.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.