Man arrested on terrorism charges wants sentence vacated
A former Bowling Green resident serving a life sentence on terrorism-related charges wants to have his sentence vacated.
The Daily News reports that 28-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi testified in federal court Tuesday, arguing that his former attorney, James Earhart, was ineffective.
Hammadi says Earhart assured him he would get a lesser sentence if he pleaded guilty to all charges in a 12-count indictment accusing him of attempting to provide resources to al-Qaida in 2011.
Hammadi says a written plea agreement was not entered and contends that Earhart should not have allowed him to plead guilty without a written agreement. He argues that he had little knowledge of the legal process or the English language.
Earhart says he advised Hammadi the government was going to ask for a life sentence.