Rockford Mall Terrorist Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison

A Rockford man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for planning a grenade attack on a mall of Christmas shoppers.

The terrorist, Derrick Shareef, a Muslim convert, insists he is not an extremist.
The AP and ROP reported:

A one-time admirer of Osama bin Laden who plotted a hand-grenade attack at a mall jammed with Christmas shoppers — and tried to trade two stereo speakers for the weapons — was sentenced to 35 years in prison Tuesday.

Derrick Shareef of Rockford said he once admired bin Laden as a sheik and a scholar but has changed his views and opposes violence.

“I am not an extremist,” said Shareef, who was sentenced on his 24th birthday.

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