Judge Annoyed He Can’t Sentence Brooklyn Wannabe Terrorist to More Time

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A federal judge in Brooklyn who sentenced a would-be terrorist to fifteen years in prison on Tuesday was thoroughly unimpressed by the man's "lengthy apology" and said he wished he could sentence him to more time. Agron Hasbajrami, a former architecture student and Albanian immigrant living legally in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty last year to one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists after he mailed $1,000 to a contact in Pakistan and then allegedly tried to fly to the Middle East to join an Islamist terrorist group there. He was arrested trying to board a plane in 2011. As part of his plea deal, he faced a maximum of fifteen years in prison, but that was too little for Judge John Gleeson, who presided over the sentencing. "If I were the prosecutor, I wouldn’t have given you this deal," Gleeson said, according to The New York Times. "What you did is that serious a crime. It is that worthy of condemnation." But Gleeson didn't have that option: In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped additional charges that could have exposed Hasbajrami to life in prison.