An Illinois man who preached “violent jihad” was sentenced on Monday to 16 years behind bars for plotting to detonate a car bomb outside a Chicago bar in 2012.
Adel Daoud — who pleaded guilty in November to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction — was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison, to be followed by 45 years of supervised release.
“Prior to the evening of the planned attack, Daoud had been preaching for violent jihad and expressed an interest in working with operational terrorists,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement.
Daoud, 25, was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial two years ago and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment.
He pleaded guilty after receiving mental health treatment — but maintained his innocence under an “Alford plea.”
In 2012, Daoud showed an undercover agent a list of 29 possible targets including military recruiting centers, bars, malls and other Chicago-area tourist attractions, documents showed.
The agents then gave Daoud a inert device that he drove to the bar in a Jeep. He was arrested after trying to set off the device, which did not explode.