Worthington man accused of helping al-Qaida agrees to plead guilty

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Christopher Paul
Christopher Paul

A Worthington man accused of helping a terrorist group has agreed to plead guilty. He’s set to make his plea in Federal Court Tuesday.

Christopher Paul, accused of helping the terrorist group al-Qaida, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction. Court documents indicate Paul has agreed to a sentence of 20 years in prison. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life.

Paul is accused of conspiring to bomb European resorts where Americans frequent and U.S. embassies and military bases overseas. He is also accused of attending terrorist training camps, and, at one point, joining al-Qaida.

Paul is one of three Columbus men charged with alleged terrorist activities. The other two, Iyman Faris and Nuradin Abdi were sentenced to 20 and 10 years in prison, respectively.

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