15-year sentence for man accused of Islamic State recruiting in Ohio

Erick Jamal Hendricks

AKRON, Ohio — A North Carolina man accused of trying to recruit people to conduct terrorist attacks in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in Ohio.

A jury in Akron found 38-year-old Erick Jamal Hendricks guilty last year on charges of conspiracy and attempt to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Hendricks was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016, on a federal complaint filed in Cleveland.

Authorities say he contacted people over social media trying to recruit them.

Federal Judge John Adams sentenced Hendricks Monday.

Hendricks’ attorney asked for a 10-year sentence, saying the government provided no evidence showing specific planned attacks.

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